Walcott Signing Ever Closer! by AH
Today it’s being reported that Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazids and Theo Walcott, as well as his representatives will sit down to have one final talk about the terms of the contract Arsenal are offering him. The club is ready to make Walcott among the highest paid players at the club with a big money contract, which could be boosted further by add-ons implemented over the years.
It’s understood that the latest contract offer is £90,000 a week with a first year payment of £3 million signing on fee. The deal is a five year contract taking the total offering to £26.4 million and Walcott and his representatives are reportedly happy with this deal.
It will be the end of a long saga that has seen the club breaking through their wage structure plan and offering Walcott a sum closer to what he wanted at the start of the season. The 23 year old has always implied that he is happy at Arsenal and that money wasn’t a major factor for him, however he rejected a £80,000 per week offer at the start of the season and so I suppose his true loyalty can be questioned, but there is no doubt that he wants to stay at the club if possible, become the number 1 striker and emulate Thierry Henry’s legendary status.
The pacey forward has been compared to Henry a lot this season so far, saying that his style is very similar to Henry now that he plays centrally and that he could be our perfect solution after his hat trick in the 7-3 win over Newcastle at the Emirates a few weeks back, and his goals were very similar to the goals Thierry Henry was so famous for scoring. Now in my opinion there’s no way he should be getting comparisons to Henry at the moment as he is still yet to prove his quality week in week out and against the big teams but there is definitely potential in the Englishman.
It seems ridiculous that we are still saying that Walcott has potential being as it seems he has been around for ages and it’s now 7 years since he joined the club as a 16 year old back in 2006. Some argue that he hasn’t developed tremendously since his arrival as expected, but now that he is playing in his preferred role have we seen what he really is capable of? He still needs to work on his finishing, especially in one on one situations, and his consistency, but apart from that he can be a real world beater that can completely destroy defences with his pace, much like Henry did all those years ago.
Let’s hope that with this contract agreement reportedly in place, we hear some news come out of Arsenal within the next week, otherwise we might have to start about thinking what will become of Walcott.