After months of speculation, Theo Walcott put pen to paper on a new four-year contract just over a week ago and has accurately explained his reasons for extending his contract for the first time since, Sky Sports reports.
Speaking ahead of our clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday, Walcott referenced the squad dynamics and his belief in our team as the reasons behind his decision.
At the age of 26, Walcott’s latest contract will take him up to his 30s – meaning that he will have spent the majority of his senior career with us.
Given that he’s also 24 goals away from joining the 100 Club, Walcott’s stature as a legend could become cemented rather soon.
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“I’ve always had this belief in this team,” Walcott told Sky Sports when asked about his new four-year deal.
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“I love this club and that’s why I’ve obviously stayed here for a bit longer now.
“We’ve got a nice British core as well. You go back to the days of the Invincibles teams when there was an unbelievable British core and everyone in that dressing room speaks English as well.”
Walcott has become one of the senior members of the dressing room over the past few years and his experience will be crucial as we look to mount a serious title challenge this season.
With the intense competition for places which exists among the squad, Walcott firstly needs to cement his place in the first XI in order to achieve his personal, and team, goals.