Friday, January 11, 2013

WENGER CONFIRMS WALCOTT WILL SIGN A NEW DEAL AT THE END OF THE MONTH, SAYS IT'S UNLIKELY ARSENAL SIGN ANY PLAYER IN JANUARY TRANSFER SEASON


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that discussions with Theo Walcott over a new deal at the emirates are going well and he expects the winger to sign by the end of the month.

Talks with Walcott have dragged on for some time, but Wenger has given his broadest hint yet that his 23-year-old forward is ready to commit his future to Arsenal.


Walcott is set to become one of the highest-paid players at the club with a five-year contract worth around £90,000-a-week, boosted by lucrative add-ons.


Wenger said: 'We are on a good road with Theo. I was optimistic last week, but even more optimistic this week.

'Do I expect him to sign by the end of the month? Yes. Discussions are going smoothly.'


He added: 'Theo can have a preference maybe to play through the middle, but first of all he never made a condition of that to extend his contract, because certainly I would not accept it.

'Secondly he was always happier when he plays, whether it is on the flank or through the middle. That has no influence at all. Theo just wants to play and he is happy to play on the flank as well.'

'Walcott is a different animal now. His finishing has improved significantly and you can see a difference with the runs he makes.'

Wenger brushed off suggestions that he was in the running to sign Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla and hinted that he is content with the balance of his squad and may struggle to improve it before the month is out.

“We have two targets,” he added. “The first is to get the players who are inside the club signed up and the second is to get our injuries back. We have (Tomas) Rosicky available again now, (Abou) Diaby is available again and if you look at our squad it is quite a complete squad.

“We still work on the transfer market, of course, but we do not want to bring in average (players). We only want to bring in exceptional players and, at the moment, we have not found them. At the moment, nobody can leave unless we buy somebody. Our focus is to keep everybody. In every position we have two players. Three is too many and one is not enough.”


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