Arsenal to hold Walcott contract talks next week

Arsenal will meet with representatives of England winger Theo Walcott next week to discuss a new deal for the 23-year-old, the Daily Mirror has reported. Liverpool and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the player, whose current deal expires in a year’s time.

Walcott however has stressed he is not looking to leave the Gunners. However, the former Southampton player is said to desire a new contract with a wage hike to reflect his increased importance to Arsene Wenger’s side.

Currently earning £70,000 per week, according to the Mirror, Walcott, who ended last season’s Premier League campaign with eight goals and 10 assists to his name, was Arsenal’s second-highest goal scorer, behind captain Robin van Persie.

Walcott has been at Arsenal since January 2006, and has made more than 200 appearances under Wenger, scoring 40 goals. Walcott also has 28 England caps and four goals for the national side, and was a part of Roy Hodgson’s squad at Euro 2012 this summer.

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