Theo Walcott doesn’t think a time frame can be put on his contract negotiations despite the fact Arsene Wenger has handed him a Christmas deadline to put pen-to-paper on a new deal at the Emirates.
Speaking on the matter through official channels for the first time in ages, the England international remained non-committal about the prospect of extending his time at Arsenal while stressing that the issue was being dealt with by his agents.
“I am leaving it all to my agents and you will be the first to hear when something happens,” he told the official matchday programme ahead of this evening’s match with Montpellier.
“It’s important for me that something gets sorted out, because I enjoy playing for this club.
“I don’t think you can put a time frame on when it will be resolved though. When both parties are sure, it will happen when it happens.
“My last contract took six or seven months, so we have to be patient, myself as well. But I’m enjoying my football at the moment, so it’s not affecting me at all on the pitch.”
Currently Arsenal’s top scorer with nine goals in 15 appearances this season, Walcott insists that he is determined to add to his tally after a fruitful year in and around the onion bag.
“Without a doubt I want to be leading scorer. I’ve always been able to score goals. I scored 24 in the last two seasons, which is pretty decent for a winger. This is the most I’ve ever had before Christmas – I’m enjoying playing for a great club and in a great team.
“My finishing has always been pretty good, but I feel I’ve been so much better in front of goal, this year especially. From the limited chance I have been usually able to take one, and that’s so important in the tight games.”
Arseblog News has certainly been impressed by Walcott’s newfound clinical goal-getting talent, but we can’t be the only ones fearing that he’s going to follow in the footsteps of Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka by moving to pastures new having topped the club’s scoring charts.
Read the full interview in today’s matchday programme – also available on iPad