Arsenal are finally close to ending the Theo Walcott contract saga.
The 26-year-old former Southampton speedster has just 12 months left to run on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, and his refusal to sign a new one had led to serious speculation about a possible summer transfer to either Chelsea or Liverpool.
However, according to The Sun, Walcott is on the verge of putting pen to paper with the Gunners, who are set for a further boost, as it appears that Petr Cech is poised to sign from Chelsea in the coming weeks.
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Walcott has scored 50 Premier League goals in 208 games for Arsenal since joining Arsene Wenger’s men from Southampton as a teenager in January 2006.
However, Walcott’s time with Arsenal has been punctuated by injury.
He only managed four Premier League starts in the 2014-15 campaign due to a number of fitness issues. He finished the season strongly though, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on the final day, before finding the net again in a 4-0 victory against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final a week later.
Walcott is currently on international duty with England. He has scored five goals in 39 senior appearances for the Three Lions.