It’s that time of the year again people..
It’s the ‘sign dat thing’ festival at the emirates, the festival that runs through everytime Walcott has to sign a new contract.
Arsene Wenger has set a date for crucial contract talks with ‘special’ Theo Walcott.
Walcott indicated earlier in the week that there had been no progress in talks on a new deal, with his current Arsenal contract expiring next summer.
These next discussions are vital for a forward who has not played a full 90 minutes all season and has admitted his frustration at his marginal role since recovering from a serious knee injury last year.
But Wenger strongly indicated a date has now been scheduled for talks, with the parties understood to be planning a meeting for after the FA Cup final next weekend.
Wenger said: ‘There might be a date. (But) I do not see the need to inform you about the hour and the day when we will be meeting his representative.’
The talks come at a pivotal point in Walcott’s career. The discussions over his last contract in 2013 centred largely on his role in the side yet his current status currently sees the 26-year-old fighting for a place in the team, let alone as the focal point of the attack.
Wenger is determined to keep Walcott along with every other player in the team. Speaking in his presser on Friday, he said the hardest part of this summer transfer window would be keeping his team intact and I believe Walcott is in that list of those that should be kept.
He said: ‘He has a special destiny because it’s unusual that a boy of 17 goes to the World Cup. When England went to Brazil (in 2014), he was not selected (because of injury) and he was not selected by Fabio Capello for South Africa 2010.
‘It’s special because when a boy goes at 17 years of age to a World Cup – you think he will make four of five [tournaments]. He’s a special player who has overcome special tests on the mental front. He will have a special destiny as a player because nothing happens as planned with him, but he always responds in a very strong way.’
Even if an agreement cannot be reached with Walcott, Wenger is committed to keeping him this summer. However, he admitted he will need to break up his squad if Arsenal are to build a unit capable of outrunning Chelsea next season.
The Arsenal manager is expected to make a marquee signing for the third year in succession when this campaign ends.
But while he is expected to make moves for a striker, midfielder and goalkeeper, his greatest concern is clearing room in his squad. ‘It is tough, yes. Let us not forget we have three players out on loan who come back, like Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podoloski, Joel Campbell.
‘The squad is the right number and the competition is right – not too big because too big kills competition. Too short kills competition as well. We have to find the right number that is a fair competition.’
Lets not also forget that transfer rumours about Cech have started rolling in and I am not even gonna say anything about that Ramsey to Barca bullocks.
Wonder how long it would take Walcott to sign this time..