Martin Keown has sent a message to Theo Walcott, warning him not to “take liberties” during contract negotiations, according to talkSPORT.
Walcott’s previous contract saga was a long and drawn out one, with the England international essentially holding us to ransom.
Keown has warned him not to do the same again, or he could see himself out the door come the end of the season.
“He hasn’t really cemented himself [in the team] yet, and I think it’s ten years he’s been at the football club. You couldn’t really call him first choice,” he said.
“He [Wenger] is laying down the message to the player – ‘don’t take liberties, we’ll pay you a fair amount but we won’t go over the top'”.
The 25-year-old is not in as strong a position as he was back in 2013, and we will surely not be held to ransom again.
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If he continues to cause problems then the manager is unlikely to stand for it, and could look to cash in on him.
Walcott has spent much of the time since his last extension sidelined with injury, and certainly hasn’t done anywhere near enough to warrant yet another wage increase.
It would be sad to see him go, but if he doesn’t heed Keown’s warning then that could be the outcome.