There is a lot of mutual appreciation going on at the Emirates between Arsenal and Theo Walcott at the minute, and the contract negotiations between club and player are finally heading towards a successful resolution. The deal will be done in the next two weeks, because Arsenal want the situation resolved before the end of the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, officials at Arsenal have set a deadline of two weeks to seal the deal with the lightning fast England international. They must now have realised that Theo is a vital part of the Arsenal team, and worth the extra money his representatives are asking for.
Arsene Wenger has given Walcott the chance to prove he can cut it as a central striker, and the 23-year old has done enough to convince Le Prof that he can do it. All of a sudden, the words coming from Wenger have lost the cautionary tone of recent weeks and imply that the boss is confident that pen and paper will soon be coming together.
“The club loves Theo and Theo loves the club and, trust me, reciprocal love is hard to find.
“I want him to extend his contract and I’m hopeful he will.
“I know he can only get stronger. He is an intelligent player and because of that intelligence he will continue to improve.”
Walcott also seems to have accepted that he will still be used on the wing at times, but he is happy with things at the Emirates. It will be fantastic for everybody concerned with the Gunners to finally put the situation behind us.