Vermaelen hopes Walcott stays at Arsenal

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he wants to see the club and Theo Walcott bring an end to their contractual impasse and agree a new deal to keep the England international with the Gunners, Sky Sports has reported.

Walcott’s current deal expires next summer and there has been precious little movement towards signing fresh terms, with the player said to be unhappy at the position in which he is most often deployed. Walcott is understood to want to play mostly as a centre-forward, while manager Arsene Wenger has usually played him on the right wing, although Walcott did start centrally on Monday evening against Reading and responded with a goal in a 5-2 victory.

Vermaelen insisted that the players were largely in the dark over the progress of Walcott’s talks with the club but did confirm he wants to see the player remain with Arsenal, praising Walcott for his contribution to the team in what has thus far been an inconsistent season at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League and made safe passage through their Champions League group, but were knocked out of the League Cup by Bradford City, of the fourth tier of English football, and at one point were 10th in the table.

Vermaelen said: “ We want Theo to stay but that’s something that’s going on between the player and the club. Theo’s been invaluable when he played this year. He is dangerous for us and I hope he stays.

We know his qualities, he’s quick and goes in behind defenders all the time – he can score a few goals as well. I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes as we don’t talk about it.

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