Arsenal are having a battle with Theo Walcott over signing a new contract, and as the January transfer window draws ever closer, us Gooners are starting to think that we will soon be waving a not so fond farewell to our speedy winger cum striker. Arsene Wenger has professed his frustration, and I cannot blame him, because we could be losing one of the most influential players at the club, the man who made such an impression on Lionel Messi, the best player to ever walk the earth, that he described Walcott as the most dangerous player he has ever seen.
Anyway, if we lose him, we lose him. It won’t be the first time, and knowing Arsenal it won’t be the last time. What might help to soften the blow, however, is if we win the battle we are about to undergo with Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Liverpool are in a similar situation to us with their tricky and talented winger Raheem Sterling. The player who has set the Premier league alight this season has just turned 18, but Liverpool have failed to persuade him to put his signature on the contract they have offered him.
The Sun reports that Arsenal and United are set to do battle in January to persuade the England international where his best interestslie. That’s an easy one, Raheem, they are in North London. Wenger is getting a lot of stick at the minute, but one thing is for sure, his players rate and respect him. He backs them to the hilt and has a fantastic record of getting the best out of them.
If Sterling wants to be played regularly and possibly become a striker, then his choice is simple, come to Arsenal. If Arsenal can do the deal, it will start to prove to the fans that we are serious about challenging the top clubs again. If, however, we fail to keep Walcott and replace him with some unheard of `prospect` or a player like Nani who used to be good, it will reinforce the idea that Arsenal are losing their grip on their status as a top club.