Do Arsenal not value Walcott as a player? by KJ
At this time of turmoil, Wenger is adamant that he can get this club back on top and he plans to do so by making sure he signs all of our British players on long contracts. The reliable David Ornstein tweeted yesterday the news:
Wilshere close to new Arsenal deal, Ramsey & Jenkinson done & likely to be announced with Ox & Gibbs as #afc build British core#bbcfootball
This is great news personally. We’ve struggled a lot to keep our key players and there is no doubt that all 5 players have the potential to be Arsenal legends.
However, this does raise a few questions about a certain Englishman who is on course to leave the club that made him. That man is of course, Theo Walcott. These contracts were offered to the 5 mentioned by Ornstein very recently and yet, Walcott has been dawdling over his contract talks since the summer.
It personally proves to me how little Arsenal value Walcott. They are ready to immediately meet the demands of other players whilst have struggled with Walcott. I can understand why. Walcott doesn’t even have close to the ability, the potential of those 5 aforementioned players. Is it worth paying him £100k when Wilshere is willing to accept £75k?
It’s an interesting debate. I personally feel like Walcott is entitled to ask for £100k when the likes of Milner and Young are on more. He’s been at this club for 8 years now and it wouldn’t be unrealistic for someone who’s been a starter to expect a significant jump in his wages. There are also questions over how well this current Arsenal team functions without the pace and instinctive finishing of our best winger.
I’m not really sure what Arsenal are planning but you can only hope that they have someone lined up to replace Walcott if they are so happy to let him leave. Who it is still remains to be seen…..
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