After Theo scored Arsenal’s first goal in the 3-1 victory over Everton in the Barclays Asia Trophy, the manager was asked about the future of the striker. With 12 months left on his contract he’s yet to agree a new deal with the club.
After the match yesterday Wenger was asked about the player and whether he would sign a new deal, this is what he had to say:
Wenger on if he has plans to discuss Walcott’s contract…
Yes, because he is close to the end of is contract next season.
Wenger on Theo Walcott…
He is sharp and prepared well. He is like every player – they look fit, close to full fitness. It’s quite amazing how the players are back to a good body shape and a good [level] of fitness because they prepare well. Now football has changed – they come back after holidays and they don’t start from zero. They have done their homework and he is one of them.
Last season Arsenal defence started with Thomas Vermaelen having just been sold, Per Mertesacker returning from the winning the World Cup with Germany and Laurent Koscielny carrying an Achilles problem.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Arsenal manager confirmed that the young Englishman would be used in the centre back role, as well as providing cover in the right back position for Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy.
“I will use Calum Chambers more as a central defender but he can also help out at right back as well,”
Chambers made 39 appearances in his debut season for Arsenal, including 23 appearances in the league and one goal which he scored against Burnley.
Arsène Wenger has refused to rule out a move to sign the French international Karim Benzema, but has said that the “deal isn’t happening at the moment”.
Wenger had this to say about the reported transfer:
“I don’t know where that story comes from, but that is not happening at the moment,” Wenger said in Singapore.
“I am happy with the squad we have. If I find an exceptional player to strengthen, I will do it.
“It depends what’s on the market. It is not easy, there are a lot of teams out there in Europe competing for the same player. We don’t rule it out and [also] don’t guarantee we sign.
“[The title] is our target and we feel we have a chance in a very competitive league. We are not far away.”