Report: Arsenal star Theo Walcott agrees new four-year contract

Theo Walcott 2-0 Gesture v Tottenham

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott has agreed a new contract, reports claim.

According to the Sunday People, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has put months of speculation behind him by finally signing a new four-year deal at the club.

The England international’s previous contract was set to expire in the summer of 2016, prompting plenty of speculation over his future prospects in North London.

As per a report in the Mirror, Liverpool were said to be interested in his services and subsequent talk of a potential Raheem Sterling swap deal began doing the rounds in the media.

Sterling, however, opted for a Manchester City switch and Arsene Wenger’s determination to keep his pacy forward has finally paid off, if the latest reports are to be believed.

The deal:

The contract is an extension leading up to the summer of 2019, with his salary reported to be in the £100,000 a week bracket, making him one of the club’s highest-paid players.

The Mirror report that an official announcement will be made in the next two weeks, a timely boost heading in to the upcoming Premier League campaign.

First-team opportunities:

Should Walcott now be among the club’s highest earners, his weekly salary will fall in line with his importance and status within the first-team. The former Southampton product has spent much of the past 18 months sidelined with injury - yet a fully-fit Walcott needs to be playing regularly, whether as a centre-forward or in a wide role.

With Olivier Giroud proving his worth in the lone striker role, Walcott, alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, form a potent attacking trio who are undoubtedly the envy of most Premier League sides.

However, with such options available to boss Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman will face the tricky prospect of keeping all of his players happy. None more so than Walcott, who isn't afraid to speak out when necessary.

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