Theo Walcott set to agree new contract for Emirates Stadium stay.
Theo Walcott is set to sign a new deal after Arsenal indicated they are ready to up their offer to him.
The 23-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the season and he had rejected the club’s proposal of a new deal worth £75,000 a week.
Walcott wants £90,000 a week and his representatives were holding a new round of talks with Arsenal today with the club prepared to come closer to his demands.
This is the second concession Walcott has won as he has started to play up front on a more regular basis rather than out wide.
SOURCE: London Evening Standard
Arsenal have been put somewhat in a difficult position by Theo Walcott.
Instead of a story of one player taking time with transfer negotiations, it has become a saga thanks to similar cases in the last few years.
Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Robin Van Persie have all left Emirates Stadium in recent seasons, and Arsenal fans have had enough of losing their star players as soon as they start playing top class football.
Theo Walcott’s future now seems far more critical than just a player agreeing a deal – it is symbolic of whether Arsenal are to continue to tread water or learn to keep their star men.
The good news for the Gunners is that they finally look set to convince a player to stay, and news that Walcott will put pen to paper on a four year contract worth £90,000 per week could be proof of a change of mentality from those in charge at Arsenal.
With huge money coming in at the end of the season as Arsenal come to the end of sponsorship deals, it is more vital than ever that the north London club qualifies for the UEFA Champions League this campaign.
Perhaps that is why Arsene Wenger is keen to alter his typically frugal policies.
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