Ever since the announcement that Robin Van Persie would not be signing a new package with the Gunners, there has been a shift in focus towards Theo Walcott’s contract situation. The 23-year-old’s current deal expires next summer, although he claims that talks are ongoing and he has left all negotiations down to his agent.
While Walcott may not be one of Arsene Wenger’s more regular starters, it appears as though he is constantly improving and this can be shown by the fact that he managed eight goals in thirty five appearances last term. Bearing this in mind, the Gunners are desperate to keep hold of the former Southampton winger, although they know that they must act fast or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
According to Walcott, talks on a new deal are already progressing. However, just like his colleagues, he claims that it won’t be money that decides his future but the club’s ambition to win trophies. He told Sky Sports News, “I’m just an honest guy and I like to get on with my job. I don’t want distractions. Like I say my agent and the club will continue to talk and when there is something to know I will get involved. As a player, you want to win titles, which Arsenal have not been doing, but I believe we will do so soon. It is more important than anything else in football.”
It is widely assumed that the England international will put pen to paper on a new contract very soon, although the fact that he is still contemplating other options will simply add to the concerns that Gunners supporters have about the club. Should he decide that his future does lie elsewhere, there is likely to be uproar as the fans see yet another one of the top flight’s biggest stars departing the Emirates Stadium.