After scoring Arsenal’s first goal in the 3-1 over Everton in the Barclay’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper Squid Trophy today, Arsene Wenger was asked about the future of Theo Walcott.
Despite an offer being on the table for some time, the England man has yet to commit to the club, and with less than 12 months left on his current deal time is running out.
Today the manager was asked if he had plans to discuss a new contract, and said, “Yes, because he is close to the end of his contract next season.
“He is sharp and prepared well. He is like every player – they look fit, close to full fitness. It’s quite amazing how the players are back to a good body shape and a good level of fitness because they prepare well.
“Now football has changed – they come back after holidays and they don’t start from zero. They have done their homework and he is one of them.”
The fact that he’s in good shape is obviously a positive, but it looks once more as if we’re heading into a contract saga with Walcott.
Last time, of course, he strung it out until the January which led him to become the club’s top earner. Let’s hope things are a bit more simple this time around.