Arsene Wenger revealed following our Emirates Cup triumph that while reports claiming Theo Walcott had signed a new long-term contract were premature, the England forward is close to agreeing a new deal (via Arsenal Player).
Walcott is out of contract next summer (via the Mirror) and his latest contractual situation is reminiscent of his previous one back in 2013, where it seemed highly likely that he would leave the club on a free transfer.
However, the Mirror this week claimed that the 26-year-old had put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, which Wenger confirmed not to be the case.
Either way, it seems like Walcott will be committing his long-term future to the club very soon.
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“Not yet [Walcott’s contract] but we’re getting closer and closer,” Wenger told reporters following the game (via Arsenal.com).
“Hopefully we can finalise it very soon.”
Walcott was handed a chance to impress in his favoured central striker role, and while he scored the winner against Wolfsburg, the goal came when he was shifted to the flanks.
Ironically, a similar case occurred in the FA Cup final, with Walcott scoring the opener after switching positions with Alexis Sanchez for a brief period.
Perhaps, despite his internal beliefs, operating from either flank suits Walcott best, with the timing of his runs difficult for defenders to deal with.
With a new contract pending, we should just be glad that Walcott will see out the prime years of his career with us.