We are looking to tie down Theo Walcott to a new contract that will keep him at Arsenal for the next five years, according to the Mirror.
Walcott’s current contract expires in the summer of 2016 and the club are keen to secure the forward for the long-term with a new deal.
This is to avoid the chaos that occurred three years ago when the England international entered the final 12 months of his contract and speculation was rife that he was going to leave on a free transfer.
Luckily we sorted it out that time, but Arsene Wenger does not want the same stress this time around – especially as he views Walcott as a vital part of his first team.
Talks have now begun with the 25-year-old’s representatives and there are hopes at the Emirates Stadium that negotiations will be concluded by late March.
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Walcott missed a large chunk of the current season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in early 2014.
The attacker was absent for victory in that tournament and only returned to the starting XI in January, but Wenger now needs to rely on the Englishman with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck both out.
Walcott’s new deal will seem him among the highest earners with weekly wages of well into six figures.