Theo Walcott is in the midst of yet another contract saga, with the England international into the last year of his current deal. We are attempting to tie him down to a new long term deal, but his latest comments are somewhat worrying (via the Mirror).
Footballers are often led astray by their agents in modern football, with their representatives caring about nothing but money. Walcott claims he lets his agent deal with everything, while he himself merely concentrates on his football.
His latest comments are certainly worrying, as he sends some mixed messages. While he insists that he loves the club and loves playing for Arsenal, he also doesn’t seem too bothered about actually signing a new contract.
The pacy forward claims that “if it happens, it happens”, which doesn’t exactly fill us with confidence.
“My agent has talked to the club, I enjoy playing for Arsenal, so I am just letting them crack on with things and I’ll continue playing my football,” explained Walcott, as quoted by the Mirror.
“If it happens, it happens. We’ll just play the waiting game and see what happens but I’m sure it won’t be long.
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“And if it’s not sorted before the season starts I’d be comfortable with that, definitely. It’s not in my thought process at all and I think that’s the best way to be.
“You don’t want to dwell on it, you want to play well and if it happens, it happens. I won’t let the delay affect the way I’m going to be playing this season. I can’t let that affect me, I want to do well for this club.”
It would be a massive blow to lose Walcott, as he is finally starting to realise his potential. He has shown he has what it takes to succeed as a central striker, and he has been scoring for fun in recent games.
He clearly has confidence in the current squad, and claims he wants to be part of what we are doing. Hopefully it isn’t just talk, and we can get this situation sorted out sooner rather than later.
“This squad, for me, is one of the best I’ve been involved in. I want to be part of that. There is something special in this group of players. We have got to keep this group together as well,” he added.
“I think successful teams stay together for a long time so I think this team can be very successful. We’ve won two FA Cups now and the next big step is obviously challenging for the League. And if we had shown our form in the second part of the season from the start it could have been us.”
He doesn’t have the same negotiating power he had the last time we were looking to tie him down, so hopefully he doesn’t try to overplay his hand. It would be fantastic to see him pen a new deal, but we shouldn’t be forced into bowing to financial blackmail.