In the wake of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott’s contract situation, there have been reports suggesting that the English international is looking for a major pay raise. However, Walcott has come out in the open and cleared the air regarding these rumors, claiming them to be false.
There were fears that Walcott could be the next big casualty to walk out of the Emirates Stadium in the summer following Robin van Persie and Alex Song, however he stayed put. The attacker’s current contract expires next summer, however no deal has yet been reached between Walcott and Arsenal. Rumors suggest that the Gunners have offered him a new contract, however without a substantial increase in wages, and he is holding out for more.
Walcott spoke to the press and put these rumors to bed, as he said, “You have to ask the manager [why I haven’t signed a new contract], It’s his decision.”
“In the summer I had opportunities to leave but I didn’t want to go and I have never said I wanted to go.
“I’ve always wanted to be an Arsenal player and hopefully something can be sorted.
“It is going to take time, my last contract took over six months to happen and it is one of those things where you just have to be patient. It is going to take time.
“It has never been a money situation, I am not that sort of player. I have always made decisions about football. If it had been about money I would have gone in the summer.
“I love Arsenal and I love playing with my teammates and hopefully something can be sorted and I can get back in that team and get a chance to play up front.”Show