7th of December 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is frustrated that Theo Walcott is stalling on a new deal and wants him to decide on his Arsenal future soon. The striker's contract expires this summer and would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in the January transfer window. The 23-year-old England international has scored 10 goals from 17 appearances and is the club's top scorer this season.
"He knows what I want and he has to make up his mind," Wenger said. "We have not made any progress. I have no news, I am frustrated. We are in negotiations for a long, long time. We have not been late in re-negotiations with him. We always try to extend contracts very early."
Walcott rejected a five-year deal worth £75,000-a-week in August, and has indicated his future may rest on whether he plays in a striking role. Walcott has made just five starts, with seven substitute appearances, in 16 Premier League games this season. Arsene Wenger said last month that the club don't want to sell Walcott in January even though it is a risk as he could leave for free in the summer. It would be a huge financial loss though as Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton for £12.5m at the age of 16 in 2006. He has scored 52 goals in 237 appearances and won 30 England caps during his time at Arsenal.
Arsenal meet West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday, here are the odds from Bet365 for the match:
Arsenal win - 1/2
Draw - 10/3
West Brom win - 11/2
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