Arsene Wenger believes that Theo Walcott will sign a new contract to extend his stay at Arsenal, reports CaughtOffside.
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The England international has so far refuted claims that he has opened talks with the Gunners, but Wenger insists that some progress has been made. Arsenal were linked with Marco Reus earlier this week, as the Telegraph confirms, but the Frenchman would prefer to keep Walcott.
The 26-year-old has been restricted to just 14 appearances for club and country so far this season, having only returned from a long-term injury back in November, and is seemingly growing frustrated with his lack of first-team football.
According to CaughtOffside, the pair have been forced to deny rumours of a bust-up, as negotiations continue to stall. Indeed, he has a history of being difficult to tie down, having made Arsenal sweat on his future back in 2013.
Speaking about the situation, Wenger said: “We have started to negotiate with Theo to extend his contract. Personally I would like to keep him.”
Walcott has scored three goals so far this season, helping his side reach third place in the Premier League and the semi-finals of the FA Cup.