Theo Walcott will know if he has a future at Arsenal within two weeks as the club have made an offer to him and will sit down to discuss his future in a fortnight.
According to the Sun on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has made it clear he wants the speedy winger to stay at Emirates Stadium, but his importance to the Gunners has waned during the time he has spent out injured and this has put his future in doubt.
Two seasons ago he signed an 18-month extension to his deal, though it was at a time when Robin van Persie had just left for Manchester United and he was an indispensable member of Wenger’s team.
Since then Arsenal have seen Olivier Giroud improve a huge amount and the arrival of more attacking power in the form of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck. Added to this is the improvement of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is currently out injured but has been a regular when fit.
The report claims that Walcott is currently on a deal worth £100,000 a week, but the customary pay rise on signing a new contract is unlikely to be significant, in line with the change in his status in the Arsenal squad.
Wenger’s men took a huge step towards cementing their place in the top four this season with a 4-1 demolition of rivals Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. However, it was not so enjoyable for Walcott, who was an unused substitute in the match.
Arsenal no longer need the England international so much and he has become a peripheral figure since returning from over a year out due to rupturing a cruciate knee ligament. Saturday’s opponents are one of the teams credited with an interest in the 26-year-old.
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