The Mirror is reporting that Arsene Wenger is planning fresh talks this week over Theo Walcott’s new contract. Walcott will be away on international duty but Arsenal are hoping to have negotiations with the England winger’s advisers.
Walcott has stalled on a new offer of £75,000-a-week and also says he wants to play up front so his goal in Saturday’s win at West Ham will strengthen his case.
“We are always in touch. He has character Theo. He keeps focused and he wants to show he is 100 per cent professional and I have a big respect for that attitude” said Wenger.
When asked whether Wenger believes Walcott wants to stay, the Arsenal manager said:
“I think so. But I cannot tell you what he tells me.”
Arsenal will not increase the offer which has alerted Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City as Walcott’s deal expires next summer. Wenger hinted recently that unless Walcott signs before January then they may look to sell.
Wenger also believes Walcott is good enough to play through the middle and added:
“Theo’s game is based on movement off the ball, timing and finishing. He can play wide, he can play centre.
“Basically it is not so important. He has improved a lot in his finishing. Even if he plays wide or centre he gets in positions where he can score.”