Theo Walcott finally set to agree to stay at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are set to confirm a new contract for Theo Walcott, but the news isn’t quite as positive as they might have hoped.
According to the Daily Mirror, Walcott’s new deal will be for just three and a half more years, meaning that he and the club will likely have to start new negotiations in just eighteen months’ time.
Arsenal’s immediate concern though will just to get Walcott to put pen to paper, as he is already able to negotiate with foreign clubs, and will be free to talk to teams in England in the summer when his contract expires.
The fact that the Gunners have been able to convince him to stay at Emirates Stadium at all has to be seen as a victory, as there have been plenty of departures from the club in recent years.
Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie are all examples of players who have left Arsenal for pastures new in the last few seasons, with only Nasri not captain at the time and considered the club’s best player.
Walcott has both the most goals and joint most assists for Arsenal this season so far, so keeping him has to be considered a huge step forward – no matter how long for.
If announced before the game against Manchester City, it will likely be a huge boost for the club.
“It would at least give a positive message out for us, to our fans who love the club,” said Arsene Wenger.
“The way is not necessarily the exit.”
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