Thursday, 30 August 2012

Walcott tells Wenger he's staying and will sign new deal -Dempsey reports

Morning Gooners.

It's just over 36 hours before the transfer window closes and it looks likely that Theo Walcott will be an Arsenal player on September 1st, despite not having signed a new deal.

It's risky business on Arsenal's part if they don't have his signature on a new contract before 11pm tomorrow. Walcott could start negotiations with any foreign club in January and leave Arsenal on a free transfer next July.

But it appears the player has convinced the manager he wants to stay and will sign a new five-year deal, if the money is right according to the Daily Mirror.

However the Daily Telegraph believe there might be a twist in the situation. If Liverpool can offload Andy Carroll, they'll look to do a deal with Arsenal over Walcott. Fancy that, Theo Walcott's future tied to that of Andy Carroll's.

Personally I don't feel at ease with the situation. I think Theo has had ample opportunities to sign a new deal - the problem is the money. Are Arsenal going to start paying the market rate, because that is what Theo wants.

He sees that James Milner is on £90k a week at Manchester City. Milner might be three years older than Walcott, but they are both England internationals playing for top Premier League clubs. And when you're good enough you're old enough to play. So should age make a difference when it comes to how much you're paid?

I think Arsenal have dropped the ball when it's come to Theo's contact. They've been too focused on other deals. Yes there have been pervious talks which have ended without agreement, but to come back to the table with just a week of the transfer window still to go leaves little room to maneuver.

Hopefully he will sign a new deal. But I have my doubts.

One thing I believe the manager must do before the window closes is sign a striker, if he's allowing Nicklas Bendtner to leave the club. We need someone who is proven in the Premier League and at this point in time I wouldn't be too sad if Bendtner was still an Arsenal player on September 1st.

He could do a job for us. It appears however he really wants to leave.

The same could be said of Andrey Arshavin. I still believe he has a lot to offer and he looks fitter than he ever has before. Could he still do a job for us this season? I think so.

Anyway, I'm sure there will be plenty of twists and turns before the window slams shut tomorrow night. Hopefully they will be more positive than negative.

It was interesting to hear that the manager has pulled scouting reports on Fulham's Clint Dempsey. He could be an excellent last minute signing.

The manager hosts his press conference today ahead of Sunday's trip to Liverpool. Later today we'll also find out who we'll face in the group stages of the Champions League.

It's a busy one. That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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