Search

Arsenal boss almost certain Walcott deal will be done this week

12:28 17 January 2013

Arsenal

Arsenal's Theo Walcott scores against Swansea. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he was “scared” Theo Walcott would leave Arsenal at the end of his contract, but is now “99 per cent certain” a new deal can finally be signed this week.

The England forward would have been a free agent at the end of the season, and the club have been in negotiations to close out terms on a lucrative extension which would make Walcott among the highest-paid players at the club with a three-and-half-year contract worth close to £100,000-a-week, boosted by lucrative add-ons.

Wenger will be relieved when the ink is dry on the deal, having helped develop Walcott from a raw talent when bringing him from Southampton seven years ago.

“I was scared at some stage, yes, that he could leave because it is like that with the experience I have in negotiations,” Wenger said at this morning’s press conference ahead of the Premier League game at Chelsea on Sunday.

“When things last too long, it is never a good sign.

“In that case, it took us some time to get where we want to get.

“It is still not finalised, but hopefully it will be done by this weekend.

“There is a possibility. My optimism is at 99 per cent now.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce (left) and first-team coach Ian Hendon before the Barclays Premier League match at Aston Villa

O’s new head coach discusses plans for the club, the belief of the president and what happens to the players out of contract

Josh Wright
11:41
The Essex Player Development Centre is looking for new coaches for girls football (pic: essexfa.com)

Latest news from the Essex FA

Facebook
Kevin Lisbie celebrates scoring for Leyton Orient against Oldham Athletic (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Jamaican striker leaves Brisbane Road after scoring 46 league goals for Orient

Kevin Lisbie
08:09
West Indies Chris Gayle is set for his Somerset debut in the Natwest T20 Blast against Essex (pic: John Walton/EMPICS)

West Indian set for Somerset debut in T20 Blast

Bristol

Most read sport

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

Read more
The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder