EXCLUSIVE: Walcott set to snub Man United and commit his future to Arsenal with new deal
15:19 GMT, 8 January 2013
15:27 GMT, 8 January 2013
Manchester United are ready to give up on their pursuit of Theo Walcott with the Arsenal winger set to sign a new contract at the club by the end of the week.
The Walcott saga has been the latest contract row to envelope the club in recent seasons and Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to bring the 23-year-old to Old Trafford after he refused to sign a new deal at the Emirates before Christmas.
The frontman turned down one offer of a new deal – reported to be worth 75,000 a week – in the summer and failed to reach an agreement as the player looked for terms closer to 100,000.
Pen to paper: Theo Walcott is poised to commit to Arsenal
But Arsene Wenger has finally reached a
compromise with a player he cannot afford to lose and Walcott is set to
put pen to paper by the time Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday.
Walcott is the club’s top scorer this
term with 14 goals across all competitions for Arsenal so far this
season, already his best total in a single campaign since moving to the
north London club from Southampton in 2006.
He is also Arsenal’s top
scorer in the Barclays Premier League with eight goals.
Walcott wants to operate as a central striker and has recently proved his worth in that position.
No thanks: Walcott will snub Manchester United and stay at the Emirates
‘He definitely has all the attributes to play up front,’ said team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Walcott recently.
‘The goals are coming. He has proven he can do a really good job for us up there.
‘For someone with his pace it’s hard
for anyone to defend against and when he gets the service he can always
punish teams so he’s doing really well.'