Is it finally over Gooners? Has Theo finally committed his future to Arsenal? Well the answer is ‘yes’ if you believe what Goal.com are reporting this evening.
The report claims Walcott and his representatives held talks with Arsenal chiefs, including Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis, on Wednesday at London Colney and it’s understood the 23-year-old agreed terms over a new four-and-a-half-year contract.
Theo will get a £30,000-a-week pay rise, increasing his wages to £90,000-a-week, which will be topped-up by additional bonuses and a multi-million pound signing on fee. Thomas Vermaelen is said to have been given a £3m bonus when he extended his contract last year, so I’m sure Theo can expect something similar this time around.
I’ve always been confident Walcott would stay with us. I’m not sure why, it was just a gut feeling. You could see it in his face during recent interviews that he wanted to stay and you got the vibe from him that things will get sorted in the end. And hopefully that’s now the case.
Goal.com are hardly regarded as the most trustworthy of sources, so I won’t be getting carried away until i see it on Arsenal.com, but all the signs from recent days are that a deal is close, if not already agreed, so it seems like Theo is here to stay. Which is obviously great news.
It would have been a disaster to lose another first team player to contract issues, and I just hope the club has finally learned its lesson from this latest case. The signs are positive that they have after the British quintet of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson all signed long-term deals before Christmas.
Fingers crossed we see something on the clubs official website soon adding Walcott to that list.