With Wenger’s eyes on reinforcing his current squad, it is easy to forget the players already in. This can thus create an air of uncertainty on certain players, especially players whose contracts are almost due. One player who falls into this category is English international Theo Walcott. His future at Arsenal had been up in the air without assurances on what his next step would be, especially as he has a contract is due to be up in a year.
All this has however been put to rest as he has been handed a new improved contract that should see him remain at the Emirates till 2019. The 26 year old is thus set to sign a contract worth £120,000 per week. His previous contract stood at £100,000-a-week and the new deal would just extend the club’s longest serving player’s service to over a decade.
The former Southampton academy player joined Arsenal in January 2006 for a fee of £5 million and due to his pace and ball crossing was deployed on the wings by Arsene Wenger. Even with clouds hovering his Arsenal career, Arsene Wenger had consistently maintained that Theo Walcott, a player he once declared as better than Messi would remain at the club. Wenger sees the new deal as a boost for the team.