Arsenal keen to offer Theo Walcott new deal

28 January 2009 11:22
Walcott, who signed in a £12.5 million deal from Southampton in 2006, has 18 months left on his contract and the Arsenal manager is keen to keep one of his brightest prospects. [LNB]The forward had been on good form for club and country before he dislocated a shoulder while on international duty with England in Germany last November. [LNB]He is expected to return at the end of next month to help boost Arsenal's faltering Champions League campaign. [LNB]Arsenal have been frustrated in their attempts to lure Russian forward Andrei Arshavin to the Emirates Stadium and Wenger believes a deal can be struck to keep one of his most important attacking options at the club. [LNB]"We will sort that (his contract) out," Wenger said, ahead of his side's trip to Everton tonight. [LNB]"We are in negotiations. He wants to stay and we want him to stay, so we should find an agreement." [LNB]Meanwhile, Wenger has warned his players not to be distracted by the on-going Arshavin transfer saga.[LNB]Arsenal are unbeaten in eight Premier League games, and, although they remain outside the top four, trail leaders Manchester United by just six points, albeit having played a match more. [LNB]Wenger said: "I feel it has overshadowed things, yes, but let's be quiet, focused and continue on. Our job is to focus on what we want to achieve. [LNB]"We got fair criticism this year, but we have overcome that and we are now hungrier than ever."[LNB]

Source: Telegraph