Theo Walcott will be patient over Arsenal contract

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Theo Walcott says he is keen to sort out his Arsenal future, but has warned it could take time for a conclusion to be reached.

Speaking to the club's official matchday programme ahead of tonight's Champions League clash against Montpellier at the Emirates Stadium, the 23-year-old spoke positively about a resolution, insisting Gunners fans would be the first to know when a decision has been made.

Walcott's Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season, and Arsene Wenger is hopeful of ironing out any differences so that he can extend his deal between now and Christmas, and more importantly before the start of the January transfer window.

The England international will be free to speak to foreign clubs in the New Year, and negotiate a pre-contract agreement if he so wishes. However, the former Southampton man has made no secret of his desire to remain in north London, and hopes his contract will be sorted out soon.

"I am leaving it all to my agents and you will be the first to hear when something happens," he said. "It's important for me that something gets sorted out, because I enjoy playing for this club.

"I don't think you can put a time frame on when it will be resolved though. When both parties are sure, it will happen when it happens.

"My last contract took six or seven months, so we have to be patient, myself as well. But I'm enjoying my football at the moment, so it's not affecting me at all on the pitch."

Walcott is set to miss tonight's European encounter with a shoulder injury, but could recover in time for Arsenal's weekend Premier League clash against Aston Villa.

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