Arsenal has told Theo Walcott that they will not change their strict wage structure in order to convince the forward to ink a new deal.
Here we go again as Arsenal fans. Another valuable player is on the verge of exiting Emirates Stadium due to a contract dispute. Walcott is in his finale year of his contract with the Gunners.
Arsenal is in a really good position when it comes to their current roster. Losing Walcott would hurt in the long run, but having Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Gervinho is enough fire power for any club. Walcott has always been an anchor to the team in the midfield and has the ability to have breakout moments when his other teammates are playing sluggish.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood suggested that Walcott has been demanding more money, but Walcott has said his hesitation over a new deal is for "footballing reasons" rather than financial ones. It's classic negotiation he said, she said. Which one's right and which one's wrong isn't important, what is important is can they come together for the good of the club.
Walcott is a fan favorite, and is really the only long term, constant for Arsenal that is left on the roster. He's fun to watch and he's still in the prime of his football playing career. I would like to see him stay. I would hate to see him leave and go to another team in the Premier League, which seems to be Arsenal's unfortunate luck of late.
Hill-Wood was quoted as saying in the Daily Star, "We have made an offer which he didn't think was acceptable and that is the end of it. We think it is a very reasonable offer."
It seems like any offer that Hill-Wood or Wenger put on the table seems reasonable to them. If only the players saw it that way. Wenger suggested he was willing to pay the 23-year-old up front, but Hill-Wood says the club will not be held to ransom over the player's wagers. Ransom is a strong word, but if that's the way Hill-Wood really feels, there's no player that's going to hold their feet to the negotiation coals.
Will Walcott and Arsenal come to a deal? I think it's possible, but Arsenal has to budge a little, and I don't see that happening no matter how good of a player Walcott may be.
David has been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade.