Arsene Wenger claims Theo Walcott will not be sold this January, however he is hoping the recent signing of the five youngsters will persuade him to follow suit.
How many times have Gooners heard ‘he will not be sold’ before? It is hardly a convincing statement anymore with Wenger’s track record over the past few years, and to boot he has completely contradicted statements he released just the other day when he said “We have gone through a period where we had restricted potential, financially. That happens when you move into the new stadium, but we have come over that period and now hopefully can be a bit more convincing [with transfers and contracts].”
However Arsenal are still struggling to tie down one of their key members of the squad, Sir Alex would have had kittens if any of his star men were in Walcott’s position.
But Wenger, as always, is covering from the Gunner’s boards stinginess and is ‘hoping’ Walcott will follow in the footsteps of four of his international colleagues and Ramsey to sign a new deal.
He has to make his mind up now and I hope the decision taken by the other players will help him to do that. We will not sell Theo in January, that is for sure. My gut feeling is he belongs to this club and I hope he will stay. Once he makes up his mind, it will be done quick.
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The question, at the end of the day, is can you pay what the player wants? And does it fit with your wage structure? We have a wage bill that has to be respected.
I always fought in my life for players to make money so therefore I am happy when the players make big money. I always fight for that, but it has to be possible for the club to pay it.
What Arsenal seem to not understand is loosing Walcott, even for a cut price in January, will incur more cost than offering him a bumper contract anyway as any player of his caliber will demand wages from the range of £80-100k a week anyway on top of a substantial transfer fee. Walcott’s agent certainly knows what he’s doing.
In the New Year, Arsenal are going to be incredibly short up front with Gerinvho and Chamakh not only useless but away at the Africans Nations Cup so they simply cannot afford to sell Walcott. From the Englishman’s point of view it seems like he is eager to stay at the Emirates -he is settled in London, has plenty of friends at the club, he will get a shot at playing as a striker and he has stated his desire to remain at Arsenal.
If I were to choose an odd for the likeliness of the Englishman to remain at Arsenal it would be a low paying 6/4.