There are still a lot of Arsenal transfer rumours out there and a good proportion of them are linking us with various big name strikers around Europe. And while Arsene Wenger has been fairly quiet in the transfer market so far, with just the £10 million or so for Petr Cech spent so far, we have seen the boss spending good money in recent years and there is no reason to think he will not do so again.
As well as increased spending though, Arsenal have really benefited from not losing our best players, especially to our Premier League rivals and once again this summer it could be crucial to our success in the season to come.
After putting in a brilliant 71 minutes and scoring the opener against Everton in Singapore, Theo Walcott has now scored five goals in his last three games. He is well and truly back from his injury problems and looks better than ever, with more power and versatility to go with his pace and finishing.
So the news reported by Sky Sports that Walcott is happy to sign a new contract and stay with the Gunners should be greeted with joy by us fans and by the boss. Talks are ongoing and even if they drag on Walcott seems relaxed and confident that the deal will be done.
He said, “My agent has talked to the club.
“I enjoy playing for this club, so I am just letting them crack on with things and I’ll continue playing football.
“We’ll just play the waiting game and see what happens but I’m sure it won’t be long. This squad, for me, is one of the best I’ve been involved in. I want to be part of that.
“You don’t want to dwell on it, you want to play well and, if it happens, it happens.
“I won’t let that delay the way I’m going to be playing this season. I can’t let that affect me, I want to do well for this club.
“It’s my first pre-season for two years now, so I want to work hard and get fit.
“It’s a really exciting year for myself personally and I think this team can go very far.”
That belief in the team is probably the reason why these contract talks will be easier than the last ones, although Walcott’s form might just force the club to dig a bit deeper for his wages. Do we care as long as Theo is fit and firing in the goals for Arsenal?