Walcott pens new Emirates deal?
Theo Walcott has committed his future to Arsenal after agreeing to sign a new three-and-a-half year contract, according to a report in the London Evening Standard.
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Walcott’s future at Arsenal has dominated the news over the past year with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season. But the saga could be coming to an end following the claims he has agreed terms to extend his stay at the Emirates for another three seasons after the current campaign.
Arsenal have seen some of their biggest names leave the club in recent seasons – Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Robin Van Persie amongst them – because of the strict wage structure Wenger has stuck to. But the London Evening Standard claim that Walcott’s new deal breaks that with the England international set to earn close to £100,000 a week.
Walcott was thought to be wanting a guarantee that he would be used in a central striker role rather the wide role he has occupied for much of his Arsenal career, but it is understood he will not be given those assurances.
He has, however, play as a centre forward most recently and has impressed in the role and that appears to have swayed his decision to commit his future to Arsenal rather than to try to manufacture a move to either Liverpool or Manchester United who had been linked with a swoop.