Gunners star hopes to remain at Emirates Stadium.
Theo Walcott would not be drawn when asked about his stuttering contract talks after a dazzling display for Arsenal this evening.
Walcott, who only has six months to run on his current deal at the Emirates, scored during the Gunners’ emphatic 5-2 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
But the England international would only say that talks over a deal to keep him at the Emirates are going to take time.
He said: ‘Talks are ongoing and it’s going to be a slow process. It’s taking a long time but hopefully something will happen soon.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Theo Walcott was looking increasingly likely to be the latest superstar to leave the Emirates for pastures new, with the Gunners were facing the double-ignominity of losing another player to a Premier League rival, with Liverpool and Man United leading the chase for the 23-year-old.
But the England international has confirmed that he is locked in talks over a deal with the North London club and is hopeful of reaching a resolution ‘soon’.
Key to Walcott’s contractual dispute with the Gunners is his desire to play as a centre-forward, rather than on the wing.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is showing signs that he is willing to bow to Walcott’s demands and the Frenchman played the former Southampton man in a central striking role from the start in Monday night’s impressive 5-2 win at Reading.
Walcott did not disappoint, grabbing Arsenal’s fifth goal to take his Premier League tally for the season to five – not bad for a player who has made just six starts.
There are also reports that the speedster is demanding over £100,000 per week, with the club only willing to offer around £75,000 but if Walcott is playing up-front and scoring, it’s likely that club and player will reach a happy medium.
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