Theo Walcott is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a new deal with Arsenal. Reports indicate Arsenal are ready to offer the 23-year-old forward with a contract more to his liking.
It appears as if the young rebel has convinced Arsenal into handing him the contract of his desire by recording phenomenal form this season. Theo Walcott had demanded a salary raise and more opportunities to play as a striker in Arsenal’s first team.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to succumb to Theo Walcott’s demands, but that resulted in him threatening to leave the club. Theo Walcott would have been out of contract at Arsenal by the end of the season if he didn’t sign in an extension contract.
Arsenal were keen on keeping Theo Walcott at the club rather than risk losing him for free. However, as the young England international entered the last six months of his contract with Arsenal this January, he became free to negotiate transfer contracts with rivaling clubs.
Just a couple of weeks ago negotiations between the two parties broke down after Theo Walcott snubbed £75,000 a week salary offer from Arsenal. Theo Walcott’s representatives later confirmed that the player had re-engaged into negotiations with Arsenal and was now demanding a £90,000 a week salary.
Reportedly, Arsenal were forced to offer Theo Walcott with a better contract because of rising interest from Chelsea. The Champions League winning side are keen on bolstering their attack by bringing fresh blood to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.
Due to the mass exodus of Arsenal stars, Arsene Wenger is left with few fan favorites at the Emirates. With Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song choosing to put their fate in other clubs, Arsene Wenger knew his job was on the line if Theo Walcott decided to end his Arsenal career.
Presently, Theo Walcott is Arsenal’s top goal scorer this season. Earlier this week, Theo Walcott revealed he was on the verge of signing an extension contract with Arsenal.
“I’m sure that something will be sorted very soon,” Theo Walcott said. “I’ve always said I wanted to stay and I enjoy playing for this team. Now we will just see what happens. I will continue to play my football and let the people who look after me and the club talk to each other and go from there.”