Arsenal Reach Breakthrough In Walcott Contract Talks

By on November 20, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Theo Walcott moves a step closer to signing a new deal at Arsenal.

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has moved a step closer to signing a new contract at Arsenal according to several news outlets this morning.

The 23-year-old attacker has just 8 months to run on his current contract at the Emirates and has so far been unable to reach an agreement over new terms. Chelsea and Liverpool have been monitoring his situation closely and are ready to make their move if the stand-off continues into January.

However, the Daily Mail are reporting that manager Arsene Wenger has stepped in to make a personal plea to the Arsenal board to improve their offer of £75,000-a-week, which was rejected by Walcott in the summer as he held out for nearer £100,000-a-week.

It’s believed Wenger’s intervention has worked and the Gunners chiefs are now willing to play-ball and both parties are confident a compromise of between £80,000-£85,000-a-week can be reached swiftly.

The Mail’s report is supported by Goal.com, who also claim a deal is moving closer after Walcott agreed to lower his demands to £90,000-a-week in order to stay at the Emirates. Arsenal are willing to up their offer to £80,000-a-week and crucially Arsene Wenger has agreed to give the former Southampton ace more opportunities to play up front.

The breakthrough in talks is the strongest indication yet that Walcott will sign a new five-year deal and commit his future to the Gunners.

Until now, both parties have been firm with their offer and demands as the stalemate dragged on for nearly 3 months. However, as the January 1st ‘deadline’ approaches it seems both Arsenal and Walcott are softening their stance to ensure a compromise is reached.

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A crucial third round of talks are due to take place in the coming weeks and while both sides are confident a deal will be struck, if an agreement can’t be reached, Wenger may look at the possibility of selling him abroad in January rather than let him join a Premier League rival for nothing in the summer.

Do you think Walcott will sign a new deal at Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section.

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7 Comments

  1. Bob A

    November 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Yes I think he will sign a new contract and on the past 6 weeks he deserves one.
    I am a staunch Arsenal and Wegner fan but I think the board/Wegner were wrong in their actions not sorting it out earlier. We all know that the lad could go else where and earn more but obvisously wants to stay put, I know you can not have players dicating what they want but when someone is worth it you expect a bit of give and take.

    • Bilbelte

      November 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      It’s the best for everybody that he leaves bob. Arsene uses him wrong, and I don’t think that will change. That means it hurts arsenal to have him, it destroyes his career, and dreams of playing as a central striker for England. It would be better to get zaha, if there is any truth in the rumors.

      When he can’t dribble, he cannot be a winger on a top4-team. That is a must. If he gets to be a striker, then he can stay. The fans don’t like him on RW, so he has to go if that is the future plan.

  2. Bob A

    November 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    PS Could you not find an up to date photo without Song in it,

  3. sube

    November 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I personally don’t mind him leaving.

  4. Olamilekan

    November 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I wil like walcot 2 sign cos he is 1 of our best player now and we could not let him go?

  5. Macramon Obi

    November 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Arsenal should please sign Theo walcolt Bcos we can’t continual to lose our best players.We are losing our best players every year,this should stop,I want Arsenal to be at their best again.

  6. Delford Magaya

    November 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I know Walcolt loves the club so much and Arsene Wenger have done the right move to continue persuading the player to stay at Arsenal. I know he will sign for Arsenal. He has been saying he is committed to the club, and I am sure he will sign.

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