Arsenal star Theo Walcott has confirmed that he wants to sign a new deal with the club, as he enters the final season of his contract with the Gunners.
The Guardian report, however, that the England international, who enjoyed a strong end to the 2014/15 campaign, wants at least £100,000-a-week to stay on in north London, and is happy to play the waiting game.
Walcott, of course, has struggled on the injury scene over the last year or so, but played a key role in helping Arsenal claim their second FA Cup in succession last term, as he opened the scoring in the club's comfortable 4-0 final victory over Premier League outfit Aston Villa.
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And now the versatile forward has admitted that he enjoys playing for the club and that his agent is in negotiations over his next deal in north London.
Speaking to reporters, the 26-year-old claimed: "My agent has talked to the club, I enjoy playing for this club so I am just letting them crack on with things and I’ll continue playing football. If it happens it happens. We’ll just play the waiting game and see what happens but I’m sure it won’t be long.”
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Ready to perform
Walcott, then, will no doubt be hoping to stay at the Emirates for the long term, but he's insisted that the process won't hinder his performances on the pitch ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
The striker, of course, has already found the net in pre-season, and will be hoping to play a key role in attack next term.
And, when asked whether he'd be able to concentrate on his game despite the ongoing negotiatons, he responded by saying: “Definitely. It’s not in my thought process at all. You don’t want to dwell on it, you want to play well and if it happens it happens.
“I won’t let that delay the way I’m going to be playing this season. I can’t let that affect me, I want to do well for this club.”
Let's be honest, despite having enjoyed some success in the game throughout his career so far, you have to feel that the England man has more to give.
At 26, now is the time to prove his consistency week in, week out and really start proving his credentials to the Emirates faithful.
For so long, Waloctt has been hoping for a role in attack and it appears that the Gunners chief is finally ready to hand him a key role up top. It's crucial for the Gunners man that he takes his chance and finally shows that he can deliver in front of goal throughout the course of the season.
Walcott must stay injury free and find top form if he really wants to go down as a success story in north London.
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