Both Arsene Wenger and Theo Walcott were cagey when asked about the contract situation following the Arsenal demolition of Reading last night, but there were some very positive signs that things are moving to a conclusion. It seems as if the Christams deadline that was talked about will not be reached. That does not mean that the deal will not be done, however, as Walcott revealed that talks are likely to carry on into the new year.
The first good sign that the two sides are moving towards a resolution, was Wenger’s decision to play the England international as the central striker. It is the reason given for Walcott’s reluctance over his new deal, although wages are also believed to be involved. Giving Walcott his first start in the position was a signal to the player that Arsenal were willing to give him his wish, as long as he could prove he deserved it.
So, the second good sign was the positive way the team played with Walcott in that role. He will need to prove his effectiveness against teams who offer more than Reading did, but it was a very encouraging start. It’s not as if Wenger had no choice either, he could have started Giroud or Podolski in the middle, so it was a show of faith for Theo.
Both Wenger and Walcott seemed positive after the match when asked about the contract situation, giving hope that there was no major problem. The player suggested that it was just a matter of time.
“Talks are ongoing. It’s going to be a slow process.
“It’s taking a long time, but hopefullt something’s going to happen soon.”