Walcott’s future in north London is currently up in the air as talks over a new contract at the Emirates appear to have reached a stand-still. The Arsenal speedster had an injury-riddled 2014/2015 season, appearing just 24 times for his club with a meagre total of seven goals, with four of them coming in his last two of the club season.
The former Southampton star, who joined the Gunners in 2006, has one year left on his current deal with the Londoners; who successfully defended the FA Cup last month with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa. Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is unconcerned by the uncertainty over his future as the England international approaches the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
After a knee-ligament injury in January last year saw him miss football for a year, aside from two brief substitute appearances in November, frustrating for a young player supposed to be in his prime but a set-back he is put a positive spin on. While it may be difficult situation for Walcott because Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted towards the back end of last season that he would be looking to use the player as a striker.
The 26-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer of 2016 and a new deal is yet to be agreed despite negotiations having begun between the club and his representatives.
Arsenal’s failure to tie Walcott down to a new contract has prompted a number of teams to explore the possibility of signing the England international, including the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Liverpool. Reds chief Brendan Rodgers is understood to be a big admirer of the 26-year-old, who is Arsenal’s longest serving player, and is allegedly keen on luring him to Merseyside this summer.
Rodgers, who has failed to win a single trophy in his three-year tenure at Anfield, is also reportedly eager to land Walcott’s team-mate Kieran Gibbs. Recent reports have suggested the former Swansea chief is so desperate to sign the duo that he is willing to offer the FA Cup winners Liverpool’s contract rebel Raheem Sterling.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger ruled out a Sterling-Walcott swap deal in early May and would more than likely reject any offer made by the Reds. A source at the Emirates told Starsport said: “We should pursue the deal and keep Gibbs. “It’s important to keep players who actually care about Arsenal, and give that extra when the backs are against the wall.”