"I always said that he will be a striker," Wenger added. "We are on the same wavelength there because he has something.
"First of all, he is a good finisher, the way he scored the first goal and the second I think as well, he knows where to be in the box on the rebound. I like that quality, you either feel it or you don't. He has the qualities to play there."
When asked whether Walcott will occupy that role at Arsenal, the Frenchman replied: "That's what I hope. I have always said that I want to keep him and, apart from contract talks, you have to give him credit for the way he is committed to the team and the way he behaves."
Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton for £12.5m as a 16-year-old in 2006.
He has scored 49 goals in 231 games and won 28 England caps, including four at Euro 2012.
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