It’s up to Theo Walcott to decide. The impasse surrounding his contract situation has taken many twists and turns throughout the summer. Now with two days remaining before the transfer window closes, both the parties have landed in a sort of imposition.
The future of Walcott is already well documented along with ex-skipper Robin van Persies’ throughout the summer. Like the Dutchman, he too had only a year left in his contract. But unlike his skipper, he was not rebellion, instead always believed that his problems will be sorted out sooner or later.
Arsenal have now offered him a five year deal with a pay package of £75,000 per week. This has left the 23-year-old frustrated, as he wants a figure in the region of 90k per week, which Arsenal are unwilling to provide him right now.
Arsene Wenger has made it clear, that ‘either you take this’ or ‘else your departure will be sanctioned’. The club certainly cannot afford to lose a player of Walcott’s calibre for free, do they?
Even then, if he is allowed to leave, it will be frustrating to watch to see another top player from Arsenal leaving the club in one single summer. Despite purchasing Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, the club has also sold two very good players. And the former Southampton player can follow the same trajectory too.
Liverpool and Manchester City are eager to capture his signature. Arsenal value him around £12m-£15m. The club probably is in a position to sell him and academy prospect Serge Gnabry, 17, will be fast-tracked into the senior squad.
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