Arsene Wenger saw his contract rebel Theo Walcott score another excellent hat-trick yesterday to see off Newcastle, so it was little surprise that the onlooking media made him the chief subject of the post-match conference.
The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is in exactly the same position as Robin Van Persie, having only 12 months left on his contract at the Emirates. Everybody has been trying to decipher Van Persie’s statements to see whether the Dutchman is really going to re-sign, but little or nothing has been said about Theo Walcott’s negotiations.
With Wojciech Szczesny in such fine form for Arsenal it comes as no surprise that both Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia are both looking for new clubs. Fabianski is instructing his agent to find him somewhere new and Almunia looks as though he will be asking the Gunners to extend his current loan at West Ham.
Robin Van Persie was excellent as usual yesterday in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Wolves, and strangely enough today it has been revealed by the Mail that Wenger is intending to offer the Dutchman a new five year contract to keep him at the Emirates for the rest of his career.
The Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone was the unlucky (or lucky!) one of the four keepers at the Emirates that was deemed surplus to requirements this season, and he was allowed to move to Hull City on loan, while Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny had to stay at Arsenal to fight for their places.
Arsene Wenger will be 61 in October and is entering the last year of his present contract at Arsenal, but he has at last given his biggest hint yet that he intends to stay at the Emirates for a few more years yet, despite interesting offers from other sources. Could he be talking about the job as coach of Japan?