With much of Arsenal’s current transfer rumours centering around talisman and captain Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott is somewhat flying under the radar even though his contract will also only have a year left to run after this transfer window.
Like Van Persie, this could mean that Walcott could potentially leave on a free transfer after next season and it has been claimed by the Daily Mail that Arsenal will hold crunch talks with the pacy winger after the conclusion of Euro 2012.
Reports in the past have suggested that Walcott is holding out for a contract that would see him earn in the proximity of £100,000 a week, but it is claimed Arsenal are only willing to pay no more than £80,000.
While reports such as these should only be treated as speculation, perhaps there is some truth to a disagreement of terms (possibly not just money) between the two parties with Wenger saying in early April that Walcott’s contract talks ‘is something I will look to sort out very early. To say that I am always confident, yes I am. We want to keep our best players.’
While Walcott is no Van Persie, it would have been assumed by many that perhaps Wenger would have sat Walcott (or his agent) down before Euro 2012 to thrash out a contract extension rather than leave it until the last minute. But that is only my personal opinion.
In any case, the topic is sure to be closely monitored by Arsenal fans, especially with Robin van Persie in the same situation. Wenger certainly has a lot of work to do after the conclusion of Euro 2012!
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