What will become of Theo Walcott? by AH
With the calendar year coming to a close, so does Theo Walcott’s contract as the Englishman is set to come out of Christmas with just 6 months remaining on his Arsenal contract.
The winger who wants to turn into a striker is still reportedly holding out for around £90,000 a week, putting him on par with fellow regular England internationals and top players at regular big clubs across Europe. The situation is unclear at the moment. Wenger, Walcott’s representatives and Walcott himself, all insist that talks are still on-going and it’s a known fact Walcott’s priority is to stay at Arsenal, however if a deal isn’t secured soon then his wish may soon be put in danger.
Arsené Wenger insists that he will not sell Walcott in January if no agreement has been made. Wenger said; “I am frustrated, honestly. If you ask me will we sell Theo in January, no. I have always been hopeful he will sign.”
However Wenger also made similar comments about Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie, when they entered the last years of their respective contracts, however the business branded Arsenal board forced the transfers through despite the Frenchman’s disagreement.
Walcott has said on several occasions that the club and his representatives are still negotiating but I fear that if not pre-agreement is made before 1st January then the club will be looking to sell him.
There are several other players in the same situation at the moment, with Andrei Arshavin, Bacary Sagna and Lukas Fabianski’s contracts all ending this summer. I will be disappointed to lose any of these players on a free transfer as I firmly believe that we could still get a decent price (£2 million) for Fabianski and a very reasonable price for Arshavin. I think we should definitely be looking to re-sign Arshavin or sell him on in January because we cannot afford to lose a player we paid £15 million for almost 4 years ago on a free transfer. Fabianski I expect to leave, and Sagna I expect to re-sign, however the fact that any of these players can afford a pre-contract with a foreign club come 1st January is worrying especially as you know that if that is the case, then they wouldn’t put in their full performance for the club from then on.
Let’s hope that all of these players have their situations sorted out soon and that Arsenal’s Christmas present to us can be the announcement that Walcott and Sagna have signed new contracts. On the bright side Arsenal are reportedly close to agreeing a new contract with Jack Wilshere.
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