Goal.com has revealed that contract-rebel Theo Walcott is set to extend his stay at the Emirates after agreeing terms with a club over an improved deal that will see him earn £90,000-a-week along with top-up bonuses and a multi-million pound signing-on fee. The new deal keeps Walcott at Arsenal till 2017 which would delight the fans in another disappointing season.
Walcott was close to becoming a free agent at the end of the season when his contract would have expired after talks failed over a new deal and was free to talk to other clubs in January over a potential summer move. Negotiations between the club and the player were in a deadlock over wage issues and Walcott’s desire to play in an attacking role up front allowing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United to express interest in the player.
With manager Arsene Wenger giving in to Walcott’s demands and playing him more centrally in the last 5 games, the striker has responded with 4 goals taking his tally for the season to 14. And with Walcott set to follow 5 fellow Gunners, including Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in extending his stay at the club, Wenger can now focus his attention in strengthening the squad with Barcelona’s David Villa and Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez reported targets.