Wenger ties down British talent to Arsenal after Walcott talks

Arsenal have agreed new contracts with the club’s young British players – Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere – while Arsene Wenger has held talks with Theo Walcott over smoothing out the differences between the club and the player, to the Daily Mirror has reported.

Wilshere has already revealed he is due to sign a new five-year contract in the new future, while Ramsey, Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain could be announced as putting pen to paper as early as the end of this week. Oxlade-Chamberlain is said to have agreed a similar deal to Wilshere’s, also for five years, but on a lower pay scale, albeit with a steady increase to his salary in-built.

Walcott, meanwhile, has been a contract hold-out, delaying signing a new deal after raising concerns over a number of issues. The England international’s contract expires next summer and Walcott has attracted attention from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, but after talks with the manager, appears to have a long-term future with the Gunners.

One of Walcott’s concerns was understood to have been Wenger’s refusal to play him as a central striker but, after meeting with the manager, Walcott was chosen as the main forward in Arsenal’s three-pronged attack against Reading on Monday. The Mirror claims the decision was Wenger’s way of signalling past disagreements have been forgotten about.

Walcott responded with a goal in Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Madejski Stadium. Lukas Podolski also scored while Santi Cazorla claimed a hat-trick, with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gibbs also starting and Ramsey appearing from the bench.

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