It is now looking more and more likely that Theo Walcott will be leaving Arsenal as the Gunners manager has made an announcement that he has persuaded FIVE you British players to sign new long term contract extensions at the Emirates, but Theo Walcott was definitely not one of them.
Wenger said: “We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts. The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the Club. Jack is certainly the best known, the leader of this group – but the other four players are exceptional footballers, and we’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.
“Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad and it’s an extension for a long period for all of them. I’m a strong believer in stability and I believe when you have a core of British players, it’s always easier to keep them together and that’s what we’ll try to achieve going forward.”
With just two weeks remaining before Walcott is legally allowed to discuss contracts with foreign clubs, it looks like he is going to continue the stand-off with Arsenal right down to the end of his contract, when he will then be allowed to move to any of our rivals on a free transfer.
We are all speculating but I wouldn’t be surprised if Walcott already knows where he is moving to in the summer, and he knows exactly how much he will be earning. Goodby Theo….