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Walcott Staying At Arsenal After Showdown Talks With Wenger

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is set to stay at club for the foreseeable future after holding face-to-face talks with boss Arsene Wenger on Wednesday afternoon.

As we enter the final stages of the summer transfer window, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news. Today, Theo Walcott is set to stay at Arsenal.

Theo Walcott

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is set to stay at club for the foreseeable future after holding face-to-face talks with boss Arsene Wenger on Wednesday, according to the BBC.

Reports over the past 24 hours had suggested the 23-year-old, who is in the final year of his current contract, could be sold before Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline after rejecting Arsenal’s latest contract offer.

The Gunners are understood to have offered the pacey attacker a new five-year deal worth £75,000-a-week, but the former Southampton youngster is holding out for nearer £100,000.

The Telegraph were one of many newspapers to claim that both Liverpool and Manchester City were ready to move for the England ace if he became available, with Arsene Wenger said to be ready to cash in this summer instead of risk losing the player for nothing next year.

However, the BBC are now reporting that Walcott held ‘amicable’ talks with boss Arsene Wenger at the Gunners London Colney training base on Wednesday and gave assurances over his commitment to the club, despite not putting pen-to-paper on a new deal.

There is now a feeling that a resolution can be reached and senior figures at Arsenal are believed to be willing to let the player continue at the club in the final 12 months of his contract, with a view to him signing fresh terms over the course of the season.

Further talks are planned for next week with both parties said to be determined to find an agreement.

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However, should an agreement not be reached in the coming weeks, there is every chance Walcott could be sold in January as Arsenal would be loath to losing him for free next summer as they wouldn’t be eligible for compensation due to the player turning 24 in March 2013.

Is Walcott worth £100k per week? Would you cash in now? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. dudu

    August 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    i dont blame walcott.he is being played out of position.he has said it all before that he is a center forward and that is where he wants to play.with his pace and his powerful shot,we could have a star in our hands. we all know that the wing is not his favourite position so it beats me why Wenger wont play him in his appropriate position.look what happened to Asharvin and what happens to Gervinho when he switches to the right wing.i also think Podolski should change his squad number.

    • splodge

      August 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Of course you know better than Wenger who sees him every day and knows all his strengths and weaknesses. How do you know whether Walcott has been tried in a central role in training and hasn’t impressed. You know it all experts who couldn’t run a pub team make me laugh.

    • Steve

      August 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      We definitely do not have a star in theo, ample evidence after six years, sell.

      • ondgooner

        August 30, 2012 at 6:54 am

        Because as Dudu said, he has been played out of position for those six years and I totally agree with him! Also on Arshavin. Not everyone can be a Thierry Henry you know.

    • ondgooner

      August 30, 2012 at 6:51 am

      Dudu: U should be our Assistant Manager! You nailed it man!!!

  2. nicky

    August 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    While I accept you may have a point, surely Arsene Wenger must have a reason why he doesn’t play Walcott as a central striker. He isn’t the most dominant of players and can easily be knocked off the ball when operating on the wing.

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    August 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

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  4. Arsenal1Again

    August 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    It’s about time Walcott was sold. He has never shown he can be a Centre-Forward at this level during the MANY MANY times he has been given a chance. This includes with a 442 formation. It’s funny how some so called fans still don’t realise Walcott can’t play up front and whine about him being out of position.

    If he was a striker and nothing else, he would not be in ANY premiership side … not a chance. The only reason he has got games is because of his adaption to the Wing which is now his natural position and has been for years.

  5. Kenneth opara

    August 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I wonder walcots options. I hope wot happened 2 s.w. Philips dnt happen 2 him. He jus an overrated player. Wot is his contribution compared 2,kon,verm,sagna or arteta that he is demanding 100k, that guy is a clown askin 4 that amt .a guy much is given n delivering less. Jus hope oxland wil ve much playing time. Giving him 75k is 2 much 4 him compared 2 wot he delivers. Arsenal is helpin him offerin that amt. Enuf of mediocre players in arsenals n walcot is one them. He shd b sold immediate. Imagine ordinary theo walcot

  6. akokat

    August 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Man back out d game is no longer on u well 4 u dudu u can use I’m as central in ur team back out 2

  7. bjarni

    August 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    he´s 23 years old, he is still young, he will get better

  8. tosin

    August 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

    well if he decide to go let him go so dat we can plan our team.

  9. john muhindo

    August 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Why sell quality & keep scraps?

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