Walcott optimistic about new Arsenal deal

Arsenal contract rebel Theo Walcott retains hope that a new contract will be agreed shortly at the Premier League club.

The England international’s current deal expires at the end of this season and has so far refused to put pen to paper over an extension, citing wages and a wish to be given a starting role as a striker rather than his current right-wing position.

Walcott’s demands have seen Arsene Wenger reduce his appearances for the first team so far this season and put a deadline of December for an agreement to be reached or the player could be sold to the highest bidder in the January transfer window.

However, according to the Daily Mail, Walcott, who has impressed this season with nine goals from 15 appearances in all competitions, only six of which have been as a starter, is optimistic that he will remain at the Emirates.

It’s important for me that something gets sorted out, because I enjoy playing for the club,” said Walcott.

Following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Montpellier, Arsene Wenger’s men have ensured qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 13th consecutive season.

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