England speedster wants central striking role at Emirates.
Theo Walcott has hinted that the delay in signing a new deal at Arsenal is over a disagreement with the club about his best position.
Walcott is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates and boss Arsene Wenger has suggested he could be sold if the situation is not resolved.
The 23-year-old, who is attracting in interest from Liverpool and abroad, has reportedly rejected a £75,000 a week offer from the Gunners and has been relegated to the bench by Wenger in recent weeks.
But the forward says he wants to become a “club legend” like Thierry Henry but also hinted that the hold-up is being caused because he wants to play up-front rather than on the wing.
“It’s a slow process,” Walcott is quoted as saying by ESPN. “My last contract took over six months to happen. Hopefully it can be sorted out.
“I’ve never said I wanted to go, I’ve always wanted to stay. I want to be an Arsenal legend. Thierry joined the club when he was 22 and I want to become an Arsenal legend like him, playing up front as well, which is a big factor for me. I’ve played on the right wing and had the opportunity to play up front a bit more so I think it’s about time.”
Henry joined the club from Juventus as a winger but was soon converted to centre-forward by Wenger. The Frenchman went to score over 200 goals for the club.
Walcott has always been keen to emulate Henry and wears his legendary number 14 shirt.
“That speculation on the money side of it has never been me,” continued Walcott.
“That’s not me. I’m not the sort of person who’s influenced by money. I always make my decisions based on football and only football. Hopefully something can be sorted out. I’ll just wait for the club to get back to us now and go from there.
“It’s one of those things that happens in the game. If it comes to it, if the club had to sell me, I’d be disappointed but, like I said, hopefully something can be sorted.”
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