Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed confidence that Theo Walcott will sign a new deal at the club, as per reports.
Walcott featured for the Gunners in the Barclays Asia Trophy final victory over Everton at the weekend, amidst talk that the Englishman could leave if he isn’t offered a new contract.
The 26-year old’s contract at the club expires next summer and talks have continued over an extension, with the England international player demanding for £110,000 a week in wages.
Wenger is now adamant that Walcott will sign a new deal, although it is believed it may not be the one the player has asked for.
Meanwhile, Walcott himself has stressed he wants to stay at “special” club Arsenal and sign a new contract and that it won’t be long before a new contract is sorted out, as per Metro.
Walcott said:“My agent has talked to the club, I enjoy playing for this club so I’m just letting them crack on with things.
“I’m sure it won’t be long. This squad, for me, is one of the best I’ve been involved in. I want to be part of that.”
A long-term injury to the Southampton Academy product prevented him from featuring for England in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and also limited his appearances for Arsenal last term.
However, the speedster has declared he is willing to play anywhere across the frontline for Arsenal.
“In modern-day football the three up front tend to change around,” said Walcott.
“I like it anywhere. I enjoy playing for this club. It’s well documented where I want to play but there’s a lot of competition in that frontline.
“If I’m in a role then I have to do my best there, but it’s another option for the manager. It’s not a bad thought.” (via Express).
Since 2006, Walcott has made over 200 appearances for the Gunners with 50 goals to his credit. He will be hoping injuries will not hamper him in aiding the team’s cause for glory next term.