Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has finally ended his future doubts by signing a new long term deal with the club that will keep him at Gunners till the summer of 2016. This is a major news for Arsenal fans as there were serious fears of losing their speedy winger. Robin Van Persie left for Manchester United in the summer of 2012 who had a similar situation and manager Arsene Wenger didn’t want to repeat the same mistake he did with his Dutch striker.
The news has come as a sigh of relief for the club as a whole because Arsenal have seemed to become a selling club for a couple of seasons now. High profile departures like Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregeas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie led experts to believe that Walcott will have the same fate but it didn’t prove to be. Walcott initially joined Arsenal as a teenager when he was just 16 from Southampton in 2006. His seven year stay at the Emirates has saw him score 56 goals. With best years of his career still to come, it is believed that the new deal will prove to be a major coup for the club and the player himself as well.
Walcott himself is delighted to have signed the new deal. He said that, it was always his first priority to stay at Arsenal but the only thing that delayed his signature on the new deal was all about the assurance of more chances to play upfront in the central striker role. Manager, Arsene Wenger also seemed to be absolutely delighted after securing the mercurial winger for next three seasons at least.