Walcott happy with new deal

After one of the longest contract sagas in recent history, Theo Walcott has expressed his relief after committing his future to Arsenal.

“I always wanted to stay and I am happy that myself and the club have come to an agreement. There has been so much speculation for so long, and I am very pleased my future is sorted. But it is all about the present now,” Walcott told the clubs official website.

The 23 year old scored his fourteenth goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are on alert amid reports the Barcelona striker David Villa has announced his desire to leave the club.

Villa, who is the all-time top scorer for the Spanish national team, would provide competition for summer signings Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have managed just six league goals each so far this campaign.

Manchester United seem to have won the race to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha, after the two clubs have reportedly agreed a deal worth £15 million whilst Celtic midfielder Victor Manyana remains a possible target as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his midfield options.

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