Walcott should follow Wilshere’s example
Jack Wilshere has led the way by signing a new contract with Arsenal which will keep him at the club until 2018. Four other top Arsenal youngsters have followed suit but Theo Walcott still appears to be at odds with the club over a new deal.
Wilshere, along with Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson have all sorted out new deals which casts doubt over Walcott’s suggestion that new contract matters take time.
The news simply strengthens Arsenal’s position as one of the betting favourites to qualify for the Champions League this season (check out this page of FreeBetting.com for this month’s free bets online).
It is a major concern for the club because Walcott proved in the 5-2 win against Reading just how effective he can be playing through the middle of the side as a central striker.
The delay over Walcott signing a new deal is a concern because it clearly suggests he has an issue with the club. If it is over his long term position as a striker then he seems to be winning the tug of war with Arsene Wenger.
If it is a financial matter than Arsenal have the means to secure Walcott on a contract which very few other clubs would be willing to pay or could afford to pay him.
Arsenal have been a club laced with examples of top players leaving in the recent past and hopefully the commit of high profile youngsters will encourage Walcott to sign on the dotted line quickly.
It’s very important for Arsenal to get this major issue sorted out so they can focus on trying to qualify for the Champions League and also for an assault on the FA Cup over the second half of this season.
Arsenal have done remarkably well to secure fifth place for a team that has apparently undergone a variety of different issues which have apparently been triggering a crisis with every new Arsenal news story.
Arsenal sit two points away from local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and they will be confident over the months leading to May. Wenger has replaced Robin Van Persie with the goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and now has a core of young players around whom he can base the side.
Domestically Arsenal are in good form having lost only two matches since the start of November. They have also qualified through to the last 16 of the Champions League with relative ease.