Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners have begun negotiations with Theo Walcott over extending his current contract.
The England international’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 season. The forward signed his current contract in January 2013, but it was a long drawn process and involved a lot of speculation on the striker’s future at the club.
Wenger is not taking any chances with him this time around and has admitted that it is not an easy job to negotiate a new contract with Walcott and his representatives.
According to Goal.com, he said:
We are starting to sit down with him.
I think he has one-and-a-half years to go in December. It is never an easy job with him.
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It should be his peak years because he is 25. It’s the best years now, so hopefully we can profit from that.
The Gunners have seen the departures of top players like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, and the club seem to have rectified that mistake by securing long term deals for the core group of young players like Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey.
Walcott has been out for nine months with his most recent injury and is wholly unreliable in terms of availability, however the wide player has shown remarkable signs of maturity when he has been in the side and he seems ready to take the next steps in becoming one of the club’s natural leaders.
He has been with Arsenal eight years and his staying on with the Gunners will help create a platform of stability. He seems happy at the club and we’re now finally in a position where we can almost compete with the big-boys in terms of wages, so there’s no reason we won’t find an agreement over an extension.
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