Theo Walcott has admitted he will be signing a new contract with the Gunners, however it may take some time to come to light after the Englishman stated that it’s a ‘slow process’.
The lighting quick winger has entered his final year of his current contract and naturally has been linked to a host of clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool and his former side and newly promoted Premier League club Southampton.
Fears have been growing among fans that he may face being sold this summer if he fails to sign a new contract, as the Gunners risk loosing the talented forward for free next season, but Walcott is adamant a deal will come, and it may take some time to reach an agreement.
He told the Daily Star Sunday:
The club and my agent are talking but it is a slow process and my last contract took six months to agree – but it will come.
We’ll see what happens but I am not too bothered about it. I am keen to work with the team just trying to get fit and there is still got a long way to go yet.
The Englishman then went on to admit they must start the new season strong in the quest for some long overdue silverware, as the last thing they want is another repeat of the horrific 8-2 defeat to eventual runner-ups Manchester United, he continued:
The need to start well is really important because we didn’t have the greatest of starts last season and still managed to get third.
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We need to win a trophy because it has been a long time.
This is good news for Gooners as his situation is vastly different from Van Persie’s or even Samir Nasri’s last summer. Walcott is happy with the club and will continue to develop and flourish in North London, he is leaving his contractual obligations up to his agent so he is focused on his football.
The Gunners have a number of options now in the wide positions with newboy Lukas Podolski able to slot in out wide, and he will compete with the likes of Walcott, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain as well as Ryo Miyaichi. The wings look strong now and Wenger will want Walcott to remain as his one of his first choice attackers, so there will be little chance the Englishman will be sold this summer.