Contrary to recent reports, Theo Walcott has NOT agreed terms over a new contract at Arsenal because the club haven’t even offered him one yet, according to BBC journalist David Ornstein.
Several media outlets have been reporting over the past 24 hours that Walcott had finally agreed to commit his future to the club after apparently holding positive talks with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis earlier this week. Theo was understood to have agreed to a new £90,000-a-week deal that would run until 2017 and would be handed a £3m signing on bonus.
However, BBC journo David Ornstein has revealed today that there have been NO formal talks since the summer – when Theo rejected a new five-year deal worth £75,000-a-week.
He claims Arsenal ARE willing to up their offer and Walcott is happy with the footballing side of things after being given a run of games through the middle, but a compromise is yet to be reached over salary and image rights.
Walcott’s agents are understood to be waiting for Arsenal chiefs to contact them, and expect a call in the new few days to resume talks when they hope things will finally be resolved.
This really is getting silly now isn’t it? If the BBC’s report is accurate, and we haven’t even opened formal talks and put a new deal on the table, it’s scandalous from the club. Where is the urgency? Where is the desire to keep our best players?
Theo is clearly wanting to stay and I’m sure a deal could be reached if we just pulled our finger out and got on with it. Instead, we agree to pay mediocre squad players ridiculous wages but refuse to pay the going rate for the players who actually make a difference on the pitch.
I’m still expecting Walcott to extend his stay at the Emirates but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the BBC’s take on things is a reality.
How do you feel if Arsenal haven’t even offer Theo a new deal yet? Do you think he’ll stay?