Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and the ominous question on the horizon
Theo Walcott has often divided fans of both Arsenal and England, but everyone was in agreement in the past week – the midfielder is in very good form at the moment.
Impressive for the Three Lions in their 1-0 win over Sweden at Wembley last week, the 22-year-old continued in the same vein in Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Norwich last weekend.
Robin van Persie may be getting the goals, but Walcott is piling up the assists and admitted he is as happy with his current form as he been in his time at Arsenal.
“I am enjoying my football, I am looking after myself, and when you are playing all the time it makes it so much easier,” said Walcott after his impressive display at Carrow Road.
“The more games you play the more consistent you can get. You get used to playing together and there is more trust from the manager, not just going forward but defensively as well.
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“Having Robin up front makes our jobs so much easier at the moment though. We just love playing together.
“Over the past few years he’s had his injuries and I’ve had mine and we’ve never really been able to sustain a run of games together.The whole team is gelling now. A lot of players are on form and it is so much easier when you are winning.”
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All is rosy for Arsenal at the moment and for Walcott, it seems, but there is one question mark loooming ominously on the horizon.
Like Van Persie, Walcott’s current contract expires in the summer of 2013 and, like Van Persie, Walcott has not yet signed a new one. He is believed to be close to entering talks, but was a little shy about the subject on Saturday.
“My agent will be dealing with that,” he said when quizzed on the subject. “I just like to play my football and they can deal with that and we’ll see what happens.
But you are happy at Arsenal? “I’m happy playing football at this moment in time, yes.”
Hardly an answer that will convince Arsenal fans of his long-term intentions. It looks like another contract problem for the Arsenal board.