Emirates Stadium side hopeful of tying down attacker to new long term contract.
Arsenal want Theo Walcott’s long-term future secured within the next fortnight.
Club officials are working to set up a second round of formal contract discussions with the player and his representatives in the next 14 days.
Arsenal are increasingly optimistic a deal can be reached. Sportsmail understands the 23-year-old’s preference is to stay.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
In-form forward Theo Walcott was offered a £75k a week deal August 28 and it is thought that the North London side must look to submit a new deal nearer to the player’s £100k a week demands before the England man will consider putting pen to paper.
The Gunners youngster’s other proviso, that of a regular spot as an orthodox striker, does appear to be one that the Emirates Stadium club are more amenable to.
Arsene Wenger has handed Walcott the starting striker berth in recent weeks and seen the 23 year old show his quality.
Theo Walcott was handed the spot for Arsenal’s trip to Reading and the speedy forward caused the Royals all sorts of problem, netting and assisting his team-mates in a 5-2 romp.
A more measured display against Wigan was followed by a powerhouse display against Newcastle United, which included a second hat-trick of the season for the Arsenal man.
Arguably Walcott is a more suitable spearhead for the Arsenal attack than the slightly one-dimensional French international Olivier Giroud and the former Southampton man has scored 14 goals already this season despite making just 11 starts in all competitions.
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