The Daily Mail has suggested a reason for Arsenal seemingly opening talks with highly rated forward Theo Walcott.
Walcott’s representatives are thought to be in negotiations with Arsenal over a renewed deal on his current £90,000 per week contract.
It’s a sensible move from Arsenal, as they look to secure the long term future of a player who has become invaluable to them.
“Manager Arsene Wenger wants to pre-empt any uncertainty over Walcott’s future by signing him to a longer deal,” reports the Mail.
“Walcott ended a saga by signing a three-and-a-half-year extension in January 2013 worth around £90,000 per week.”
It makes sense because the longer Arsenal let Walcott run down his current deal, the greater the chances are of speculation and movement from sides tempted to try and sign him.
Teams could come in with all sorts of offers and promises to try and wrestle him away from Arsenal, but this is a very clear sign that the Gunners want to try and remove that unpredictable factor from the equation.
It’s also a clear sign that Wenger sees Walcott in the Arsenal team he’s trying to create at the Emirates for at least the remainder of his own contract, which runs for another two seasons after this one.
All in all, it’s positive news and for a very logical and sensible reason.