Reports: Walcott signs new deal

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It’s being reported that Theo Walcott has signed a new 4 year deal with the club.

Negotiations have been ongoing for quite some time indeed, but earlier today this was Tweeted:

And followed up with a story in the Sunday Mirror which says essentially the same thing.

Of course until it’s official there will always be doubts, but it does seem as if something has gone down.

Walcott has made 302 appearances since his debut in 2006, scoring 76 goals.

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Penfield
Penfield

FEEEEEOOOOO!!!

A Gooner
A Gooner

Why is Dean on twitter a reliable source?

ThaatArsenalGuy
ThaatArsenalGuy

Exactly my thoughts when I first read it .

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Dean is reliable, he’s got connections. One transfer I remember him getting right before I heard about it anywhere else was Cazorla. I believe he also used to, or at least has on more than one occasion, posted Arsenal’s team news before it was announced on TV.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

He’s also been wrong before though. But I’m betting he got this right.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

https://www.reddit.com/r/Gunners/comments/3ejpoe/deanldn22_theo_walcott_has_signed_a_new_contract/

That’s a thread on reddit with some people citing other stuff he’s gotten right before. Apparently he called the Cech deal long before anyone else, according to a poster there, though I missed that if it’s true.

Trez
Trez

What about the inside arsenal guy on twitter?? He seems legit as well.

Oxy
Oxy

The line “Arsenal will confirm the deal within the next two weeks” makes me doubt it. Certainly it won’t take that long if an agreement is reached, especially we have been in talks with his camp for a centery.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

I’m not sure that’s enough reason to think it has or has not been done. If it has then the club (and theo) could be keeping the announcement to cause smoke (or detract from smoke) over another issue. Whether that’s another buy or a sale, we’ll see. Or, as you suggest, maybe the deal hasn’t been signed…. So basically, we don’t know squat…….. 😀

masterofthegoonaverse
masterofthegoonaverse

Century

Fabulous
Fabulous

Guess it’s happened then

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

https://www.reddit.com/r/Gunners/comments/3ejpoe/deanldn22_theo_walcott_has_signed_a_new_contract/

That’s a thread on reddit with some people citing other stuff he’s gotten right before. Apparently he called the Cech deal long before anyone else, according to a poster there, though I missed that if it’s true.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

oops. Posting is hard when you’re a dummy.

Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner

Ding dong. I love it when they play hard to get.

Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner

That seemed less creepy in my head.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

I’m neutral about this, but he’s a good player to have at the club.

Juxta Position
Juxta Position

What do you prefer, losing a proven goal scorer who’s at the peak of his career?

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

I’m just not a fan of the Walcott camp and how they handle things at the club. On the pitch, I think he’s a good if restricted player who guarantees goals. I’m saying I’m neutral because were he to be sold, I believe wenger would replace him with somebody like benzema. While its great that he’s staying, I don’t think we’ll be bringing in a forward as a result of this deal, which may be a bad thing.

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

I am with Mr Spot here, Walcott’s camp tactic was kind of undermined beloved Arsene a bit.

DFS
DFS

Well. depends whose Koolaid you are drinking.

I might be in the minority but I admire Walcott’ stand – this is the most important contract of his career. As regards the ‘atmosphere’ of the renegotiations, the fact is the string of sarcastic comments (as has been the prior case) came from the club and Wenger, not from Walcott. Whatever your opinion, Walcott and his representation kept their position completely private.

Finally, try the shoe on the other foot.

Wenger has spent years buying or not, essentially dragging his heels through transfer window after transfer window making last minute deals on transfer deadlines. Therefore the idea Wenger calls someone such as Walcott out for precisely the same behavior seems just a tad disingenuous.

If true, I am happy for Walcott and the club. I believe it might also confirm Arsenal will not seek another striker for this season – which is also a positive.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Thank you.
I got begged to hell for even suggesting Theo hasn’t done anything wrong, just because I wasn’t going with the general tide of “boooo, feo”.

Also, consider every time he nears his contract, Wenger plays him as a CF, tells him he will play as CF, then as soon as he signs, sticks him permanently on the wings. If a manager did that to us at work, we would be fuming.

Gooner Balls
Gooner Balls

Does signing Walcott on preclude us from signing someone like Reus? Reus is an option at centre forward as well as the wings…similar to Walcott.

Johnboy
Johnboy

We’ll get Reus in a couple of years once Real are bored of him!

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Johnboy, or when Reus gets bored of the RM bench!

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

Think it’s slightly hypocritical to shame Sterling or Van Persie for going public with their comments about wanting to leave their respective clubs and then also criticize Walcott. In fairness, while negotiations have drawn out, he’s never attempted to compromise his position with the club to the extent that RVP did, or refuse to play or lay down ultimatums or anything. Ultimately, we really can’t begrudge him asking for more money, long as he’s not disrespectful about it. And I, for one, am glad he’s staying. Replacing him would be a pain, since we’d have to look for a winger with pace who could settle in straightaway and contribute 10+ goals a season. And lose bragging rights about the fastest player in the PL!

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

I agree with everything you said except for bragging rights. If Theo left, we’d still have the fastest player in the League– Bellerin.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Plus we can resign Ryo Miyachi.

Bill
Bill

I don’t know about proven goal scorer with 76 goals from 302 appearances is accurate. Though I would have hated him going, no one has his pace.

Edu's Braces
Edu's Braces

Think about him joining Chelsea for nothing and be less neutral.

Oh and remember he’s a jolly good player, sometimes 😉

Witoldo
Witoldo

Yeah. He’s consistent in patches.

masterofthegoonaverse
masterofthegoonaverse

The old ones are always best!

PaddyWagon
PaddyWagon

If true, quite satisfying

James
James

Awesome if true, but not exactly a trusted source

MACC
MACC

mirror can be trusted when it comes internal matters like contract extensions, but not transfers rumours.

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

John Cross for the Mirror is generally a trustworthy source, although you do sometimes feel that the Club deliberately use the Mirror to spread BS misinformation too.

Ponty
Ponty

Really happy if he signs a new deal, even happier if he sees his roll at Arsenal realistically and doesen’t want 150 a week to sign da thing.

RedCurrant
RedCurrant

What, done and dusted without any (further) drama?

Our pre-season continues on its smooth path. It’s a strange new phenomenon. But I like it.

Chuba's floating sideburns
Chuba's floating sideburns

What a magnificent human he has turned out to be. Dare I say there is no need for a new striker, with Giroud as the big guy, Theo as the dynamic guy. Surely it’s covered. But as i’m an Arsenal fan writing online i’ll cover myself by saying things like Benzema ( who has only once scored 20+ goals for one of the worlds best teams in a softer league) and other things like Lewandowski and other good players on FIFA15.

stenz
stenz

I agree, whilst not being Feo’s biggest fan, that as an alternative striker up against OG he will be a good fit. He may even, whisper it quietly, be able to play alongside OG in a 2 up front.

Of course, the question being that if Walcott is the alternate striker, who would we play on the right instead?

Zino
Zino

If Wenger is happy to try Theo as CF sometimes, I’m happy to see the Ox and his twin brother Gnabry battle for the spot on the right of our mighty attack

Rufusstan
Rufusstan

Or Ramsey, or Wilshere, or whichever other midfielder we want to play and cannot fit into the center because of the riches we already have there.

shitbird
shitbird

You play fucking OX on the right.

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God
God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

I’d comment on your post, but I struggle to keep focus when I see ‘Chuba’s floating sideburns’ first apparently

Anthony
Anthony

Good news (once confirmed).

He has his critics (I rate him v.highly) but he fact is I’d rather we lined up with him in our match day squad (starting or otherwise) than against us. Quality player, gives us a different option and with players like Ozil, Ramsey, Alexis and Cazorla feeding him he is very difficult to play against.

Feeling good about the upcoming season!

Simon
Simon

Who’s DC?

berlingoon
berlingoon

if you check his twitter he seems like anything but a reliable source.

Gunner71
Gunner71

Surely not Dave Cameron, aka the PM, aka known gosspel teller of the truth, half truths, & things not known for being the truth yet he still probably wishes was the truth? Dave & the Mirror as sources…yikes! Sincerely hoping that there’s at least one other DC out there with a better track record for being accurate.

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

There is no better club to be a part of right now.

H18ury
H18ury

Downvote that ^^ comment if you are not an Arsenal fan.

Youssef
Youssef

Right Now?!!! There is no better club to be part of. Period.

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

I am gruntled.

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Me too. Definitely gruntled.

Santis Better Foot
Santis Better Foot

Never in doubt.

Question plus theo
Question plus theo

Bloggs how can I get a picture next to my comment?

Theo is becoming a very good finisher, and I believe could get 25 plus goals next season. I really hope this is his season he deserves it!

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Try gravatar.

cygan

If it happened, it happened

AllGunsABlazin

And now we can put this to rest

DanJGooner
DanJGooner

LANS

SharinganIxU
SharinganIxU

I couldn’t be happier if this is true.

What I like about Walcott (aside for him at his best), is that just his presence on the pitch scares teams into playing a high line. Based on the what I saw today, the pace we were at when on the counter attack, if you add Alexis and Walcott into that mix, it’s a scarily pacey team.

Regardless of the lacklustre finishing sometimes, and him playing hard to get, having Theo around is great. It’s a plan b, and he’s someone that can cause a genuine threat.

Ted Miliband
Ted Miliband

Yesss. Will be an underrated key player this season. The trophies will be ours

hessojay
hessojay

If it happens – it happens…

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

According to The Mirror, “The deal will keep Walcott at the Emirates until 2019 and put his salary in the £100,000 a year bracket and make him one of the club’s highest earners.” Now I can see why Ashley Cole left.

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell

Speaking of cashley, he is in paper saying he wouldn’t come back to premier league as he can now live his life in private. As if it was everyone else’s fault. He sold his fucking wedding photos to ok magazine and the cunt talks about living his life in private.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

And after selling his wedding photos he cheated on his wife, who on a purely physical level is surely one of the most desireable women in the history of the human race and is also reputed to be one of the nicest and kindest people you could ever meet. What kind of idiot does that?

Erzengel
Erzengel

Either your last remark is deadpanned with tongue as firmly in cheek as is possible to imagine, or this is a case that passed you by…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3598357/Youre-not-a-racist-but-a-simple-thug-How-groovy-Cheryl.html

Arsene's zip
Arsene's zip

Cashley in the papers saying he wishes he wasn’t in the papers?!

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

They have now corrected it to £100,000 a week, hence ruining my witty observation.

Richie Growling
Richie Growling

to be fair quoting salaries as a weekly figure is bloody annoying, I’m sure most people can get their head around £5.2m / year

Dexterbear
Dexterbear

Oh yeah it was arsenals poor contract offer that made him leave, its not like before contract negotiations had even begun he had met with chelsea already. He forced his way out because he knew he could earn more at chelsea and that he stood a better chance of winning trophies. Let us not forget the interview where he complained that the fans didnt sing his name after the last game at highbury. He is/was always will be a prick.

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

It never ceases to amaze me how blind people can be to any kind of tongue in cheek humour in the comments section. I was drawing attention to the error in the original Mirror article (i.e. before they corrected it) in which they had said £100k per YEAR would put Theo amongst our highest earners. If that were really the case, how surprised would you be to see our top players leave? I can’t believe I have to spell this out. How many thumbs down were by people who only read the last line of my post, thought I was genuinely empathising with Ashley Cole and felt the need to point out to me the rather obvious fact that he is a cunt? And how many more now will be from people too embarrassed to admit that they can’t or don’t read the comments properly before passing judgement?

Trez
Trez

Are you surprised?? as soon as they saw it was sounding “negative”, they jumped to conclusions.
Maybe you should’ve put the “year” in capital letters and quotation marks.

Noel
Noel

✌✊

henkamp
henkamp

Absolutely brilliant! Well played, sir!

wellarsed
wellarsed

Glad that seems to be over. Hope he earns that money this season! A fit, firing Theo could be crucial …

Simon
Simon

And Ibrahimovich has just put an elbow into John Terry’s head. It just gets better and better.

SharinganIxU
SharinganIxU

I’m having to watch it on a Chelsea TV stream, and the commentator was defending Zlatan. Even Chelsea supporters think Terry is a cunt.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

EVERYBODY thinks Terry is a cunt.

D
D

Mourinho’s a cunt.

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

I read it: abramovich has just put an elbow into John Terry’s head.
I thought: did Terry slept with the boss’s wife?

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

Sleep*

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun

If he did, I doubt its an elbow to the head from Abramovich 😀

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

4 years? Wow, the pay increase must have been really good for him not to want to go through this fiasco again next summer. I hope we sign up Ozil before the coming season’s end.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Fucking A! And after this morning’s dismemberment of Lyon I thought today couldn’t possibly get any better.

To top it off, the US just lost to Panama in the Gold Cup. Brilliant.

DAMOBOT
DAMOBOT

Remeber this guy against Liverpool and Barcelona at the age of 18, the closest guy to Thierry Henry I have ever seen minus the Needed Arrogance and Self-confidence to truly scare opponents off.

Trez
Trez

True but he lacks the king’s technical ability and football intelligence in general.

Wenger admirer
Wenger admirer

I think you might be proven wrong on both counts, if he’s going to have the season he’s capable of as a centre forward. He’s just never been given an extended run up front in his career, which I think is about to change.
One of us is going to have to eat their words, and I think both of us hope that that one is you.

Trez
Trez

Theo is a good player and a great finsher, but lets be honest, no way in the world does he come close to having henry’s technical ability.
Sure he’ll score goals if fit, but in terms of technique, he’ll never get close to henry.

DAMOBOT
DAMOBOT

Remember this guy against Liverpool and Barcelona at the age of 18, the closest guy to Thierry Henry I have ever seen minus the Needed Arrogance and Self-confidence to truly scare opponents off.

Alex
Alex

Using a Twitter ITK type as an official source? Odd, thought this site was above that.

WizardofOzil
WizardofOzil

I won’t believe this until Ben Fairthorne confirms

Man Manny
Man Manny

Now that it’s halpened, it’s happened.

Man Manny
Man Manny

Now that it’s happened, it’s happened.

Ronaldo's Paunch
Ronaldo's Paunch

Now that he’s signed his contract, is he going to keep up his “playing-for-a-new-contract” form? He was genuinely exciting up front in the last two games he’s been played there, his off the ball movement is miles better than when he was put up front before. Hope he keeps it up.

Arsestronomy
Arsestronomy

The league is ours

Mr obey
Mr obey

He is a true arsenal man and won’t be going any where trust in him

Ramsey's Spirit
Ramsey's Spirit

I like to think of this as Schrödinger’s contract

santori
santori

As I mentioned, he was leaning in the direction following last game of season + cup win.

Likely pushed on into signing because there has not been substantial offers for him, bearing in mind price Sterling went for and oil rich clubs done with their on bench local talent quotas.

Walcott can weigh in with 10 goals or more next season. He can plunder them from the middle but more likely on the flanks where the system has been built for flexibility and interchange within a game. If he needs anything to go by, he needs to look no further than how the front 3 at RM or Barca play or indeed how profitable the wide position has been for Alexis. If anything it suits Walcott’s more mobile game to start wide with license to drift infield or switch flanks.

Alexis, Ox (who has been impressive), Walcott + Santi, (and one of Akpom, Iwobi or ReneAdelaide) is plenty.

Possibly we may add one more with utility out wide (Should Rosicky likely be sold on). This player could be another young potential superstar or someone older as back up on short term as surrogate to the development of some of the young prospects within the club.

Much will be on how prices move toward end of window as per normal.

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

He definitely has signed the thing. No doubt now. Buy why just now? After all the if it happens, it happens thing? The only explanation is that Theo may have seen Lord Bendtner hovering around Emirates yesterday and though ‘he is the greatest striker and fans want him back, even the Ox. Better sign it now, cannot keep this suspense going otherwise when it happens it happens, and I will be forced to wear Liverpool shirt and no way I will bear that. So he signed. This is just a theory though. Another one is that Mrs Elgin (Theo’s family neighbour’s) cat disappeared recently without trace. And was miraculously found last night safe and sound. Some beleave that Wenger’s henchmen kidnapped the cat and gave an ultimatum to The: you have 24 hours to sign it or we dress the cat in Tothenham’s gear and take its pictures for the press.
Anyway which ever is true doesn’t matter now and glad he signed it. No only a great player, still developing but that 2-0 hand sign whilst injured on the stretcher was pure class. Well done boy

kianangeeee
kianangeeee

Well,if it happened, it happened, didn’t it?

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

This only makes Walcott’s disrespectful “if it happens” comments more strange. If he was only a week away from signing a new deal, then surely he had a decent idea that it was close to happening. While I wish he hadn’t made the comments, I think it’s clear he just was kind of rambling and didn’t think about his words as carefully as he should have. He also contradicted himself regarding whether they were close to done or a long ways away, etc. I don’t think it really reflected how he feels, it’s clear to me at least that he really loves playing for Arsenal. I love watching him celebrate goals, especially the one in the cup final against Villa. I could watch that goal on repeat for an hour.

Anthony
Anthony

I think part of his ‘if it happens, it happens’ comment is due to not wanting to confirm anything too quickly. If he and his advisers were still in negotiations Theo coming out and saying “it’s almost done” would basically thwart any negotiating power that was in his camp’s hands at that moment in time.

I also understand why for many that is confusing or annoying but to be honest, I don’t think he has ever been close to leaving. He is 26, in what will be his peak between now and 30 seeking assurances that if he stays he will play – I think, given who we have brought in (Alexis, Welbeck) it’s perfectly reasonable for him to seek that assurance. Look at van Persie, frozen out at United and now finds himself at Fenerbahce, who’d have predicted that…

Ozil+alexis=goals

What people forget is that theo can score goals. In the 2012/13 season he was our top scorer with 21 goals. Personally I’m delighted he is staying

Wangge
Wangge

It happens

gooner
gooner

lucky he’s British otherwise everyone would be going Greedycott on him and the way he signs da ting

I am a massive fan of his game and I prefer him and Sanchez as starters on the wings.
He might not track back as much as people like and they are quick to point it out but he scores way more than the others but it’s taboo to note that some hardly ever score

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Yeah nobody ever says that about British players. Except Sterling like 30 seconds ago. And, you know, lots of others.

RyCTgOOneR133
RyCTgOOneR133

What a birthday present to wake up to…Fixed the Boilk* almost as well as bacon and more beer would have. This also seems to have removed the psychological scar left by sharing my date of birth with the one and only Gael Clichy (he is a year older thankfully), temporarily at least. If it turns out this is all a plot to lull me into a false sense of security just so that I can be struck down by the previously presumed fixed Birthday Boilk* I’m blaming it on Lyon for conceding 6 goals against us and causing me to start my 29th year the old fashioned way…Still drunk! TheeeeeeeeOOOOOOOO!

heroku_arsenal
heroku_arsenal

Happy birthday!! Hope you enjoy it!

ps: That is meant for Mr. Clichy.

🙂 😛

Paul
Paul

I rekon he rang his agent at half time and said “Did you see that fucking first half?? I better sign this now before they don’t want me”!
🙂

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

Glad he signed, but get ready for a dip in form and a long term injury :-$

ArseMansBackInTown
ArseMansBackInTown

Theo is awesome at what he does and would make all our rivals better. I hope that Twitter knob has guessed this one right.

OlivierGirouud12
OlivierGirouud12

Theo has the all time highest number of substitute appearance at Arsenal. Even more than Kanu. I believe dats why his goal ratio looks unimpressive.

Crew
Crew

Off topic – anyone saw Aurier kicking Costa to the floor and fighting with him all game long? Aurier is a Gooner!

indrossi
indrossi

Err. I think he plays for Paris St Germain actually.

palace gunner
palace gunner

Theo theo

bazza-wicks
bazza-wicks

Wenger now shows his other side of being ruthless we held all the trumps cards this time in the Theo dealings and he was’nt going to be held to ransom he probably gave an ultimatum Sign De Ting Or do one, not bothered either way the way the OX has come to age and form but he is definatley another cog in this sides equilibrium

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

It’s on Twitter, but we won’t know the truth until it’s on Instagram.