Arsenal manager; Arsene Wenger will not only be looking to secure the services of a defender in January, but is also keen on securing the services of one of his very own for the future.
Negotiations have been opened between Arsenal and Theo Walcott over the terms of a new deal according to reports.
The 25 year old star made his return to the Arsenal team last Saturday in the last 10 minutes against Burnley, showing no signs of any shade to his pace and strength, even coming close to a goal as well as an assist within those few minutes of first team action in over 10 months.
With his current deal set to run out in 18 months time, the club are not going to risk a repeat of the 2012 ‘Sign Da Ting’ episode which saw contract talks drag on to become a saga over winter till an agreement was finally struck for around £100,000-a-week deal in January of 2013.
The club is set to offer the England forward a very improved deal which will break the £100,000 barrier, even reaching as high as those of top earners Mesut Ozil who earns £140,000 as well as man of the moment Alexis Sanchez on £130,000.
Walcott is a key figure of Arsenal’s current generation having been brought in during the fading years of the past. It therefore comes as no surprise that the manager is keen to see him secured to a long term deal at the club as his experience from the past eight years as well as his arrival into his peak years will provide the boost for the Gunners going forward.
“We are starting to sit down with him” Wenger said.
“Will he be at his peak in the next few years? He should be, yes. He is 25. It is the best years now so hopefully we can profit from that”
Walcott himself is surely deserving of a new deal at the club as he duly rewarded the faith of the club and manager after the past deal, helping the team secure 4th place that season while topping the club’s scorer’s charts.
An integral part of the English core, the younger lads – not least fellow Southampton Academy graduate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – look up to him for inspiration and motivation. And he is looking forward to taking the team to greater heights.
“I want to help this team but we need to be patient. I’ll be patient and the boss will be as well. I just want to do what I do best and that’s just to enjoy playing football”
While we hope on Wenger to make defensive additions in January, it is good to see the club making good efforts to make the attack balanced and steady.
The acquisitions of Alexis and Welbeck, coupled with the contract discussions with Giroud and Walcott can only bode well for the team in the near future.
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