There is still no word from Arsenal about Theo Walcott signing a new contract, and there is very little time left before the transfer window opens on the first of January. Arsene Wenger has already declared that he wants to know what is happening with the England international before then, so it is looking increasingly likely that Arsenal will have to say goodbye to our top scorer of the season, again.
The papers have been full of stories this week about Manchester United wanting to sign Walcott, whether as a swap for their Portuguese winger Nani or as a straight purchase, but Alex Ferguson has declared that he will not be entering the transfer market for Walcott in January, or anyone else for that matter.
“I will not be bringing anyone in in January, definitely not.”
Arsenal fans cannot totally relax, however, because Walcott could still arrange his free transfer in the summer. There is also the interest from Juventus, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool to contend with. Walcott could recover in time to play at Reading tomorrow. After that there is another away game against Wigan, followed by home games against West Ham and Newcastle in which Walcott has the chance to convince Arsenal that he is worth the extra wages that he is holding out for.