There will be a five-year contract offered to Theo Walcott by Arsenal in the coming weeks, according to reports.
His current deal winds down in 18 months and having made it back with a bang from a terrible 10-month injury absence, Arsenal will offer him fresh terms to ensure the best part of his future is seen at the Emirates. Two goals in two games now and you know Theo Walcott is back. The movements have been good, the touches still a bit rusty but we know with time, Arsenal will start depending on the Number 14 again.
The Arsenal boss has never masked his opinion of how much value he places on the 25-year old and the affirmation of his goal-scoring abilities – “he can get you goals in every game” – just about summarizes the reason for the new long-term deal. Wenger had to endure a saga in the winter of 2013 which nearly saw Walcott depart for nothing and care is being taken not to delay proceedings towards such extremes.
Walcott could become one of the top earners in the Arsenal team with the new deal and that should bring him extra responsibility to lead the team forward. He has only been positive about what this team can do going forward and it is on lads like him to lead this generation to those exalted heights.
Not only is he the longest serving of the current players in the squad (though Gibbs was in the youth team before he came), his beautifully taken goal against Aston Villa took his tally for the club to 50, confirming his place as the top scoring player amongst the current set of Gunners.
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 and summer signing, Calum Chambers – look up to him for inspiration and motivation. And he is looking forward to taking the team to greater heights.
The dynamism that involves a forward three like Alexis, Walcott and Welbeck can only bring good imaginations to the minds of Arsenal fans and being they are all around a similar age, with the experience of Santi Cazorla behind them, the exhibition against Aston Villa was only a sign of good things to come from Theo and company and it must be vital to make him feel secure and part of it with a handsome offer.
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