Theo Walcott insists he is fully focused on pre-season training and hasn’t been distracted by any speculation about his future because he’s not heard any.
Claiming that his agent is still in negotiations with Arsenal, the England international clarified that he hasn’t been stalling over a new deal, but that talks were always scheduled for after his return from the European Championships.
Speaking from Malaysia ahead of the Gunners first full pre-season game of the summer Walcott told Sky Sports:
“It was always going to be (a case of) hold back until the end of the Euros. We continue to talk and we’ll just see where it goes.
Responding to suggestions that links with both Chelsea and Liverpool had side-tracked him during recent weeks, he continued:
“Not at all because I didn’t have a clue about any other clubs, anything.
“I’m an honest guy. I like to get on with my job. I’ve got to work on pre-season, I don’t want any distractions.
“Like I say, my agent and the club will continue to talk and when there’s something to know I’ll get involved.”
There’s no doubting that keeping Walcott is more preferable than selling him. While he continues to frustrate on the pitch, his improvement (as seen by his stats last season) suggest that he’s a weapon you’d rather have on your side than not.
Who knows, with Robin van Persie set to leave, he may even find himself in contention for a starting berth as a central striker…something he’s been pining over for some time.