Coinciding with his good run of form, each source indicates that Arsenal are leaning towards increasing the proposed pay-packet of the pacy attacker in order to avoid having to sell him in January with his contract set to run out this coming summer.
Reports earlier in the season claimed that Arsenal were not willing to budge from a rumoured £75,000 a week contract they were willing to offer, but it seems recent developments have changed Arsenal’s stance with Walcott putting in a number of eye-catching displays in recent weeks.
Recent reports suggested that Walcott was looking for a contract in the region of £100,000 a week, but the Mail, Mirror and Goal.com claim that Arsenal feel they can get their man with an improved deal around the £80.000-£85,000 mark.
As it stands, Walcott sits at the top of the Arsenal goal-scoring charts with nine goals in all competitions so far this term and has looked in great form when given the chance to impress.
Given his current impact in the Arsenal squad, you would have to say it is imperative that Arsenal try and retain the pacy winger, but only time will tell whether this pay-package will pay-off for Arsenal with Walcott a well-known sufferer of inconsistency.
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Personally I would say he is worth the chance. Despite his inconsistencies, his pace alone allows him to create something out of absolutely nothing and his vast improvement in finishing and even crossing (as evidenced by the North-London derby) definitely make him more of an asset, particularly now he is forming a good partnership with Giroud and also interchanging with him up front.
But, ultimately we will have to wait and see how the negotiations pan out. I am hopeful that it will happen, but we have still yet to see any recent official news on contract negotiations, so it would be wise to take these reports with a pinch of salt.
What do you guys think? Is he worthy enough to be in the top income bracket at Arsenal? Feel free to comment below or discuss this topic in the allArsenal.com forums in the Theo Walcott thread.