Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is planning to test the Gunners’ resolve during the final year of his contract, by not signing a new deal until he is given £100,000 a week, according to the Daily
The Star report that the England international’s demands would make him one of the highest earners at the club, should he get his way. And it seems that the player is not tempted to agree terms in the near future if it means that he pockets less. However, he did suggest that his focus is on matters happening on the pitch.
“My agent has talked to the club. I enjoy playing for this club so I am just letting them crack on with things and I’ll continue playing football,” he said.
“If it happens, it happens. We’ll just play the waiting game and see what happens, but I’m sure it won’t be long,” he added.
It seems understandable that the north London side are somewhat unwilling to provide Walcott with the lucrative contract he craves.
The former Southampton man only has a handful of games under his belt since his return from an injury which kept him out for over a season.
And while he scored a hat-trick on the final day of the Premier League season, as well as the opening goal in the FA Cup final, he has yet to entirely prove that he has fully recovered from his nine month lay-off.
However, it could also be a gamble to wait and see how he starts the new campaign. Should he enjoy a good run in the side, and back it up with some goals, several clubs may be lurking, ready to pinch the 26-year-old for nothing next summer.