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Arsenal's Theo Walcott signs new deal
Published : 08 May 2009 09:59:45
In a considerable boost to the club following Tuesday's Champions League exit against Manchester United, Walcott's decision underlines his belief that Arsenal can end their current trophy drought and compete for the Premier League in the forthcoming seasons. "I'm absolutely delighted," said Walcott. "I'm so happy here and just want to say thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my career. Together with the belief of my team mates, the boss and everyone on the staff, everyone has got behind me here at Arsenal which is brilliant. Related ArticlesEboue targets third-place finish'Fabregas could leave Arsenal'Wenger promised cash to sign top starsAdebayor urges Wenger to spendArsenal 1 Manchester United 3: Match reportArsenal v Manchester United: Man marking"It's fantastic to work with the best manager in the world and play at the Emirates Stadium, which is an unbelievable place to play in. I just want to continue playing my football at this club and look forward to many successful seasons ahead. "It's a shame I've had some injuries this year but hopefully I just want to have unbelievable seasons to come and hopefully get some trophies on the table." The presence of Wenger was the key factor for Walcott, who was unhappy that the issue of his contract was not addressed before Christmas. However, the January arrival of Ivan Gazidis as chief executive has helped negotiations develop. Of Wenger, Walcott said: "It's like I said before, just the way he talks to people he gets the best out of players. The players he brings in they just settle in and deal with the football straight away - we've got the likes of Andrei Arshavin who's settled straight away and he's done a fantastic job for us and hopefully he can be part of a winning team next year. "The main thing is to win trophies and I think this club can definitely win them. The semi-finals of the FA Cup and semi-finals of the Champions League, it's a great achievement for us. We probably were the underdogs going into both games but we showed great character. "This team has definitely got the chance to win something. It would be brilliant to look back on the amount of trophies and medals you've won. We've hopefully got more chance of a challenge this year in the Premier League." Walcott also hopes that other players, including Robin van Persie, will now commit themselves. "Like myself signing more players and show what we can do next year and win things," he said. "Hopefully the likes of me and Robin van Persie and everyone else hopefully if they get sorted out, it shows the belief I've got in this team because this team can go very far. "Every time I have a warm down I look around the team and see there are some really good players here and I want to be part of it and hopefully we can be right up there with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool and have a great challenge for it next year. "Hopefully we can get that third position, we've still got to believe in that but I'm definitely ready for next season, next season's going to be a big year for me and the club and I'm ready for it." Wenger added: "We are absolutely delighted that Theo has committed his long term future to Arsenal Football Club. Theo is an intelligent player with amazing ability and speed, and has developed extremely well this season. "At still only 20 years of age, Theo has huge potential for the forthcoming years and we are all looking forward to see him grow even more in an Arsenal shirt." Walcott, who turned 20 in March, joined Arsenal from Southampton in Jan 2006, has scored 14 goals in 103 Arsenal appearances.