When it essentially boils down to a simple yes or no answer it is hard to believe this situation has dragged on for months. Is it time to stop being so nice about the situation and finally get something done?
Theo Walcott is fast shaping up to be the main contender for ‘transfer saga of the year 2013’ following on from former team-mate Robin Van Persie last year. The 23-year-old England international has a contract that runs out this summer and is currently in the process of discussing a new deal with the club. In fact this January these discussions are the clubs top priority over the incoming of any new blood; a fact confirmed by Arsene Wenger himself.
While the club needs to take a portion of the blame, letting yet another star player get dangerously close to the end of his contract is inexcusable, there certainly has been a lot of sugar coating everything as far as Walcott himself is concerned.
Yes he is very polite and very likeable but surely now enough is enough with the softly-softly approach. He has already been given a striking position and reportedly was offered a considerable hike in his wages. So what is stopping him from signing a contract with the club?
In recent months other ‘contract rebels’ have made their minds up. Klass Jan Huntelaar will stay at Schalke 04; Fernando Llorente has made it clear he will leave Athletic Bilbao while Lewis Holtby has quickly decided that Spurs is the destination for him. While Arsenal were wasting time trying to convince Walcott they lost a grip on that deal.
The fact remains that this is not a difficult decision.
Do you want to play for Arsenal or not?
If it is a yes then great sign a deal so the club and player can move on with the rest of the season and try and win some silverware for the first time in too long.
If no then make it clear. Llorente has done so and been vilified by some at Bilbao but at least he has had the guts to be honest and forthright with his fans. I want a new challenge. A change of scenery whatever the reason; even if it is a hefty pay-rise nobody could begrudge him if he was just open about his intentions.
This saga has dragged on for months now and despite talks last week there has still been no official comment from the club or player about when or if he will decide on his future.
The time for coy interview answers and embarrassed smiles are over.
Its decision time without any decisions being made; it is time for that to change.
Do you think the complication of a simple yes or no is being exaggerated beyond reason?
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