With just over 18 months left on his current deal, Theo Walcott is in the process of discussing a new contract with the club.
According to Arsene Wenger talks have begun, saying, “We are starting to sit down with him. I think he has one and a half years to go in December. It should be his peak years because he is 25. It’s the best years now, so hopefully we can profit from that.”
However, somewhat tellingly the manager said, “It is never an easy job with him.”
Perhaps it’s a reference to the fact Walcott and his advisers allowed his deal to run down to the point where he could have negotiated a Bosman deal with a foreign club, but with less than 6 months remaining he signed an extension which takes him to the summer of 2016.
Arsenal are obviously keen to tie him down to a longer deal now, and having signed Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil and given them wage deals above Walcott’s £100,000 a week, the England man will want some kind of parity with the biggest earners.
With most of the team’s top stars on long contracts, Walcott’s signature on a new deal will be something of a priority for the negotiating team.
Fingers crossed it doesn’t go as close to the wire as last time.