Wenger was criticised for refusing to add to his strike options during the transfer window, but both Walcott
and his replacement Olivier Giroud were on target as the Gunners moved second in the fledgling Premier League table.
, 26, hit the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Wolfsburg 1-0 to secure Emirates Cup success for the Gunners for the first time since 2010.
There has even been talk of Walcott
- with one year left on his deal - being a makeweight in moves for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling or Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.
But now, 20 percent are in Walcott
and 80 percent are beyond Walcott
knows he faces a fight getting back into a Gunners side that is riding high at the top of the Premier League.
We are very excited to bring Coach Walcott
into the NCU athletics family," athletic director Corey Anderson said.
I've never wavered in my belief in Walcott
although lots of people criticise him for being headless and a one-trick pony.
, however, stressed his desire was always to stay at Arsenal, the club he joined as a raw teenager from Southampton seven years ago.
Last week Wenger vehemently insisted that Walcott
is committed to the club, and money wasn't the only factor in his decision over his future.
, 23, who will see his current deal end this season, is set to be tempted with a 90,000 pound-a-week salary over five years, bringing him level with top earners such as Lukas Podolski, the Sun reports.
- linked with Liverpool among several clubs - turned down a new contract at the end of last season and as it stands he can leave the Emirates next summer on a free transfer.
turned down a new contract at the end of last season and, as it stands, he can leave the Emirates Stadium next summer on a free transfer.