You get the idea from the words of Theo Walcott that he might well not have agreed to put pen to paper and sign a new Arsenal contract – if he did not really believe that the Gunners could end our long wait to be crowned the champions of England once more.
The Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has only made 11 appearances for the club so far this season, and with only a few games remaining until the end of the season, he is still a week or two away from being ready to play. The Spanish midfielder turned 33 years of age last month, and with just a couple of months left on his contract is aiming to reach full fitness before discussing a new contract with Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal and England international forward Theo Walcott might well be feeling glad to be training with his England team mates and under the supervision of Roy Hodgson at the moment, because he seems to have a lot more chance of getting a game for his country than his club.
It was widely thought that Mikel Arteta would fall foul or Arsenal’s ‘Curse of the captain’s armband’ when Arsene Wenger picked him as Club Captain on the departure of Thomas Vermaelen, especially as he is 32 years old and his contract was reported to be up at the end of this season.
There are growing rumours that the Arsenal vice-captain could be on his way out of the club this summer. With the Gunners being linked with the likes of Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, Arturo Vidal of Juventus and Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton, Mikel Arteta was already facing the prospect of much less time on the pitch for Arsenal next season.
Maybe it is my memory playing tricks on me, because it is a long time since Arsenal won their last trophy, not including the Emirates cup or the Wenger trophy of course, but it seemed to me that there was a lot more emotion than usual from the Prof.
The ageing Mikel Arteta, who is entering the last year of his contract at Arsenal, is well aware that Arsene Wenger is in not in the habit of giving long contracts to players over 30 (Arteta was 32 in March)
Although it is hardly an unconfirmed rumour that the new contract talks with Bacary Sagna have not been going well, Arsenal fans may be wondering why the French defender has decided to confirm his departure on the eve of the last game of the season, especially with the FA Cup Final looming in a weeks time.