WTTGT Writer: Vivek Arulnathan (Site Editor)
Established Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott, is all set to seal a new four year deal with the Gunners having agreed personal terms with the club management. The former Southampton starlet, whose contract was set to run out in the summer of 2013, has decided on committing his future to the North London club who have helped him achieve stardom at a very young age.
Widespread reports suggest that the deal is worth around £80,000 per week which will make him one of the highest earners at the club. This news will certainly give some relief for Arsenal fans though the management will face an even bigger test when they sit down for talks with skipper and star striker, Robin Van Persie.
Since the news broke out, there has been a debate as to whether Walcott deserves a new deal worth as much as 80,000 a week. Despite being a player who has repeatedly frustrated fans with his inconsistency and poor composure in the box, there is no denying the fact that Walcott has made significant contributions over the last couple of years. He scored over 10 goals last season apart from an even bigger haul of assists. He’s had a relatively quiet season this time around, but you can’t ignore the significance of his contributions to Van Persie’s record goal scoring form.
And one shouldn’t forget he’s only twenty three. He came to Arsenal from Southampton as a striker but Wenger transferred him to the wings in order to help his development as a footballer. This phase is an extremely crucial in Wenger developing strikers as he has done this with Henry and Van Persie as well. We all know what kind of strikers those two developed into, don’t we?
I know Walcott hasn’t shown enough to dream so big and he still needs to show better finishing, composure and decision making to be considered an out and out striker. He has repeatedly panicked when one on one with the keeper and his delivery from out wide still needs a lot of improvement. The fans and critics have always held this against Theo and many have branded him ‘a sprinter in football boots’ and as someone who runs like a headless chicken.
But I still point to the stats which prove Walcott has done well enough to sign a new deal. As for his salary, he very easily deserves it, especially when you realise that Chamakh earns around 70K and Diaby pockets a neat 60K just to occupy the injury table.
He could still become a very good striker once he turns 25 or 26 as he’s got the pace to terrify defences. So with some dedicated work, I hope he justifies this new contract and more importantly, Wenger’s belief in his abilities.
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