Walcott staying with Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger is confident Theo Walcott will remain at Arsenal, insisting the winger is not motivated by money.
The England player, 23, indicated he could leave by rejecting a five-year deal worth £75,000 a week.
But Wenger believes there will be a resolution and Walcott, with one-year left on his contract, will stay.
“He is not obsessed by money,” said the Gunners boss. “There is just a little difference. We want to extend his contract. I think Theo loves the club.”
Arsenal had been prepared to sell Walcott if he did not agree to sign a new contract by Friday. However, that position has now softened.
Good news for Arsenal fans: Theo Walcott looks set to remain at the Emirates after all despite the winger’s stubborn refusal to sign a new five-year deal.
On Wednesday, the club look ready to sell the England international, with Premier League rivals Manchester City and Liverpool leading the chase.
But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has claimed a deal if not far away and is clearly willing to risk keeping the former Southampton forward at the club after Friday’s transfer deadline.
Wenger is practical and level-headed when it comes to his treatment of stars refusing to extend their contracts, as evidenced by the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
But for Arsenal’s sake, let’s hope he’s not deluding himself over Walcott or the 23-year-old could end up dramatically walking away for nothing last summer.
For Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, however, the news that Walcott is set to remain at the Emirates will comes as blow. The Northern Irishman is desperate for a winger to add pace and creativity to his team but has fallen short in attempts to land Barcelona duo Cristian Tello and Ibrahim Afellay, before optimistically turning his attentions to Walcott. The Reds boss looks certain to be thwarted again.
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