Wenger to start contract negotiations with Walcott

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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.

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  1. Brawo. Gratulacje dla autora

  2. think Tottenham could decide the Championship lnokiog at the final weeks of the 2009/10 season are shaping up to be fascinating. When was the last time we had 3 teams in serious contention for the Championship at this late a stage in the season AND at the same time saw the battle for 4th, and the final Champions League spot, as congested and wide open as it presently is? And in the middle of it all is Arsenal, much to the disappointment of many in the media.After losing to Chelsea on 7 February, the media were lightning-quick to write off our chances. I never thought that to be the case. I personally thought that if we could come out of our nightmare run of matches (Villa, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool) within 6 points of the lead we might even be favorites for the Championship.Instead we were 9 points behind, a big gap but by no means insurmountable given our run-in. However, even I have been staggered at how quickly the gap has been narrowed again, and in some ways we might indeed have to be considered favorites at this point (although I HATE saying that!!).If we had a fully fit squad I wouldn’t hesitate to call us favorites. Another assumption made after the Chelsea match was that we would have to win the remainder of our games to be Champions. I didn’t think that was the case then and I certainly don’t think that is the case now. Points will be dropped by everyone. How many points each team will drop is the real question.The game most people are lnokiog at to decide the Championship is Chelsea-Man Utd on 3rd April. Sky will certainly build that one up to be a Championship Decider as they do. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all before. Let’s assume a draw in that one. If that’s the case then it effectively brings us even with the teams above us. I don’t think Chelsea will win that one, so the only other result I can see is a Utd win, and if that is the case I don’t think Chelsea will last the pace (that is just a feeling I have, there is no rational reason why!). My prediction is a draw however. So what of the other fixtures remaining for each team?We’ve examined Arsenal’s fixtures in great detail. Most of us would agree that all of our home matches should be wins, with the only tough one being Manchester City’s visit towards the end of the season. A lot will depend on how they are doing in the League at that point. Will that game be essential for them finishing 4th or not? Our away matches are a mixed bag, with Hull, Birmingham, Tottenham, Wigan, and Blackburn presenting us with a selection of potential banana skins. The Spurs match is the one that stands out however.Chelsea’s matches are just as interesting. Their only tough home match remaining is the visit of Aston Villa. However Chelsea still have trips to Old Trafford (where we already assumed a draw), Anfield, and White Hart Lane to come (as well as Blackburn and Portsmouth ho hum, six points there).

  3. Walcott needs to step up. New contract and paid highly. On the wings, he is just push and run. As a striker he lacks
    intelligence to move into space, create or shoot, furthermore I doubt he is a 90mins man. At 26 Pires and Overmars were purring. He will score you goals but he will need a lot of chances before he puts one in the net. If he doesn’t come good this season, he should be sold the next, reminds me of Pennant all potential and never making it.

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