First Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, then Alex Song to Barcelona and now could Theo Walcott be the latest Arsenal superstar to leave the Emirates this month?
Arsenal’s contract talks with the England winger have once again fallen down and the player may now be sold, according to a report at BBC Sport.
They claim that talks between Walcott and Arsenal are still on-going and the 23-year-old is keen to stay at the Emirates and hopes to negotiate an extension to his contract that expires at the end of the season. However, BBC Sport claims reports today suggest Arsenal will sell the pacy attacker before the August 31st transfer deadline, unless a deal can be reached for an improved five-year deal, worth £75,000 a week.
Walcott started Arsenal’s home draw with Sunderland on the opening day of the season but was then left on the bench for Sunday’s o-o draw at Stoke.
Since joining the North London club from Southampton in a £12.5 million deal as a 16-year-old back in 2006, Walcott has played 222 times and scored 42 goals, winning 28 times for his country during this time. However, Arsenal have not won a trophy since Walcott arrived and he has seen at first hand all of Arsenal’s best players leave for pastures new over recent years.
Most worrying for Arsenal fans is that Walcott contributed 12 assists in the Premier League last season, the majority of which were for Robin Van Persie. Without Van Persie, Arsenal haven’t yet scored a single goal yet this season and the loss of Walcott, with little time to bring in a replacement, could be another blow.
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