Arsene Wenger wants to keep Theo Walcott at the Emirates and Walcott wants to remain a Gunner apparently. There is no sign of them reaching an agreement over a new contract, however, and time is running out. Reports are suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain and Spartak Moscow are preparing bids to sign the England international winger in January.
Knowing Wenger and the Arsenal board as we do, it would seem that Walcott WILL be sold in January unless a new deal is signed before then. He will not be allowed to leave for free in the summer unless no decent bids are received. PSG and Spartak know that there will be an almighty scramble to persuade Theo where to go in the summer, and are hoping to get the jump on teams like Liverpool and the big Italian clubs.
Both clubs are willing to offer Walcott better wages than Arsenal are prepared to do, and both know that Wenger would rather sell the player overseas than to a Premier league rival. Both teams are in the champion’s league and can reasonably expect to be in it again next season.
So the ball is in Walcott’s court. If he delays over his new contract, he might find that he is no longer wanted at the Emirates, but he may not want to move until summertime when he will be able to pick and choose where he goes. Should Arsenal offer him a bit more money now to forestall all of this?