Theo Walcott reveals reason behind Arsenal extension
Theo Walcott has lifted the lid on his new contract with Arsenal. The young Englishman revealed what persuaded him to sign for Arsenal. The 24-year-old forward expressed gratitude to his manager Arsene Wenger and his teammates for the support they showed through his contract saga earlier this season.
The former Southampton player finally ended his contract saga by inking a contract extension with Arsenal. Theo Walcott was strongly linked to Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United during the winter transfer window, but in the end the forward put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with Arsenal in January.
Theo Walcott, who had just a year left of his contract with Arsenal, admits he was on the brink of moving away from the Gunners this season. However, the English forward is happy to have signed an extension with Arsenal.
“I was always thinking about it [last season], but I had the Euros last summer and I wanted to concentrate on that, and not have other things on my mind,” Theo Walcott said in an interview to Arsenal’s official website.
“Then I wanted to have a break before the season, which is important because we don’t have a winter break. I think the previous contract took more than six months to finalise, and this was probably a bit longer actually.
“It’s one of those things that’s never going to happen overnight. When everyone’s happy, that’s when to do it, and thankfully it turned out that way.”
Theo Walcott claims Arsene Wenger’s promise to provide him with more chance to play in a striker role and his loyalty and trust to the manager played a big role in making him stay at Arsenal.
“I think having an opportunity to play up front played a part,” Theo Walcott said. “Saying that, I don’t feel we should change it at the moment with Olivier [Giroud] doing so well there.
“The manager obviously knows what’s best for the team, but it’s nice having more opportunities to show what I can do up front.
“The boss has always had so much belief in me from a young age, but we haven’t won anything for a long time now, so we want to pay him back by winning something.
“If we don’t perform he always takes it back on himself, but at times it’s not fair because we’re the players that go out there and do it.
“He definitely lets us know when we are not performing though, which is the right way to do it. He’s a great manager and I’ve learned so much from him over the years.”