Walcott to stay at Arsenal contract impasse

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed not to sell England international Theo Walcott before the close of the transfer window even if the winger does not agree a new contract to stay at the club, the Guardian has reported.

Walcott had previously been told by the club that if he did not accept their offer of fresh terms of £75,000 per week then he would be sold to either Manchester City or Liverpool before the transfer window closes on Friday night. Walcott is said to be holding out for wages of £100,000 on his new deal and was left out of the side to play Stoke City on Sunday, with Walcott feeling the club was making a point by leaving him on the substitutes’ bench after talks had stalled.

But Wenger has since met with Walcott in an effort to smooth out any rift, reportedly telling Walcott that he would not be sold even if a new contract was not signed by Friday and that he wanted to resume negotiations over the player’s deal.

While the reason for the breakdown in talks is money the Guardian adds Walcott is not regarded as a money-motivated person. Rather, the former Southampton prodigy is seeking a wage commensurate with his importance to the side.

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