Theo Walcott has given mixed signals regarding his new contract at Arsenal.
The winger’s current deal runs out at the end of next season, and he says he enjoys playing for the club and wants to do well. He also suggests that things might not take long, although that he’s prepared to play ‘the waiting game’.
That might mean going into the new season without reaching an agreement, something which might make the club think about best to deal with the situation. The last time his contract was up for renewal, it wasn’t sorted until the January before expiration, but back then he held a much stronger hand.
Speaking after the 3-1 win over Everton, Walcott said, “My agent has talked to the club, I enjoy playing for this club so I am just letting them crack on with things and I’ll continue playing football. If it happens it happens. We’ll just play the waiting game and see what happens but I’m sure it won’t be long.
Asked if it would bother him if the talks went on into the start of next season, he said, “It’s not in my thought process at all. You don’t want to dwell on it, you want to play well and if it happens it happens.
“I won’t let that delay the way I’m going to be playing this season. I can’t let that affect me, I want to do well for this club.
“Maybe I should be talking about testimonial times. I have always played with a smile on my face, always enjoyed playing for this club. It is one of the best groups I have been involved with.
“I want to be involved with that squad as well. I want to work really hard and make sure I’m in that starting lineup come the first game of the season.
“It’s my first pre-season for two years now so I want to work hard and get fit. It’s a really exciting year for myself personally and I think this team can go very far.
“I’m always going to be judged on goals, I’ve been very happy with my goal record when given the opportunity. That is all I can do.”
So, clear as mud then, as it always seems to be with him.