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Theo Walcott explains decision to sign Arsenal contract

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Theo Walcott decided to extend his stay at Arsenal because he has full belief in the team that Arsene Wenger is building.

The forward agreed a four-year deal worth a reported £140,000-a-week. At 26-years-old, the contract will tie him down to the Gunners for the prime of his career.

Having been with Arsenal for almost ten years and having won just one FA Cup in that time, the England international would have thought long and hard before signing such a deal.

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But while his trophy cabinet may be emptier than he had hoped, Walcott says he fully believes that the current squad can deliver some major honours by the end of the decade.

He told Sky Sports: "It was nice that the manager was really patient with me. Obviously, coming back from a serious knee injury, everyone was expecting me to be straight back into the team but that is not how it works. When you're out for so long it was take that amount of time to get back to the level you were.

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"I've had a belief in this team since day one and Arsenal has become a second home to me.

The British core

"We've got a nice British core as well. You can go back to the days of the Invincibles team when there was an unbelievable British core and everyone in the dressing room speaks English as well, everyone's together. That's probably down to us guys keeping it strong.

"So I've always had that belief in this team and that's obviously why I've decided to stay here for a bit longer."

Potential

No doubt the 40 per cent pay rise would have kept Walcott keen, but he has also shown ambition to play in a central role for Arsenal. He was given his chance to impress against West Brom and Aston Villa last season, scoring four goals in the process.

However, he was left on the bench in favour of Olivier Giroud on the opening day this season and sat by while the Frenchman failed to fire against West Ham. Walcott is expected to start when the Gunners travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

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