Theo Walcott has moved to clarify his situation with regards to his Arsenal future, insisting that there have been no contract talks held between himself and the club.
Ongoing rumours suggest that the England international is a summer transfer target for Liverpool, and with his performances having been largely restricted to being from the bench this term it’s believed this season might be his last at Arsenal.
Despite having been touted as the country’s next big thing when first purchased from Southampton by Arsene Wenger back in 2006, the 26-year-old has never really graduated into the star many thought he would, and though he’s still relatively young it’s unlikely he will ever be a national great.
Earlier this month Wenger looked to dispel the rumours that suggested his days in north London were numbered, insisting that initial communication had been made regarding getting the winger to commit his future to the club. According to Walcott though, no such arrangements have been made.
"I don't normally comment on false stories about myself but reports about contract demands & bust-ups with the boss are complete nonsense," he tweeted.
"'There have been no contract talks as yet and my current focus is not on contracts but on doing my best for Arsenal FC."
Obstacles at the Emirates
What the might mean for Walcott’s future remains to be seen, with plenty of time between now and the end of the season for negotiations to take place. If it’s game-time the ex-Saints starlet is looking for then he may well be better served elsewhere, particularly if Wenger has trained his sights on improving his attacking line-up once more in the summer.
In the past two post-season transfer windows the Frenchman has splurged to bring in both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez; two players who can occupy wide positions. On top of them Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck can play in similar areas when needed, and as a result Walcott has found himself being held in a backup role at points in this campaign.
Of course injuries haven’t helped him and it’s likely Wenger wants to keep him on board, but then an argument could be made for how effective he could be at Liverpool given how Brendan Rodgers like his wide-men to play.
The Anfield crowd, and indeed England fans as a collective, would surely dream of a three-pronged attack consisting of Walcott, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, with Jordan Henderson behind them to support. For the moment though those aspirations will have to be put on hold as developments continue regarding Walcott and his current club.
If Wenger wants to use convince the speedster to put pen to paper he’ll likely have to give him more assurances prior to the end of the campaign. If he opts not to, the player’s decision may be made without words needing to be spoken.
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