There were widespread reports in the media on Wednesday that claimed Theo Walcott, the 23-years-old winger, has been told he must commit to a new deal before Friday's transfer deadline. Walcott's current deal is due to expire next summer.
The Gunners told ESPN that negotiations with Walcott over a new contract have not broken down and that the star winger is keen to commit his future to the club if a deal can be worked out. Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal's next opponent Liverpool are all rumored to be ready to make a move, with a fee of around £12 million having been suggested. The Gunners said that they are still in talks with Walcott, who, it's been reported, wants more than the £75,000-a-week on offer, although, Walcott's people are refusing to elaborate any new information on the matter.
I don't know what amount of money Walcott thinks he's worth, but Arsenal should seriously consider paying the man what he wants, or, once again, another exceptional footballer will be leaving Emirates. Walcott has contributed on the pitch since 2006; he has made 222 appearances in all competitions, scoring 42 goals.
It looks like he'll be staying, but his contract, like Robin van Persie's last year, has less than 12 months left on his contract. I feel Arsene Wenger has to keep him for the sake of just having a few star veterans around. Wenger was supposed to have given Walcott 48 hours to decide if he wants to extend his stay in North London or be sold. After losing Van Persie and Alex Song this summer, is he really in any position to give a player of Walcott's caliber an ultimatum?
Another Arsenal star's future being uncertain is something a lot of fans have become use to. Losing Walcott will chip away at the Gunners management and shareholders' credibility even more. There are probably only a few Arsenal fans that think they have any credibility left. If the unloading of talent keeps occurring every year, it's going to drive more people away from the Gunners.
The talent they've added this summer has been unable to dazzle. Olivier Giroud looks like he's on the verge of having a breakout game, but it is yet to happen. And adding Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski hasn't translated into wins yet either for Wenger.
I want to say that Liverpool is a must-win for Arsenal, but every time I do that the match ends in a draw. Arsenal needs points if they want to have any chance of catching Chelsea, Swansea or Everton at the top of the Premier League Table.
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the club at a young age.
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