Gunners braced for Walcott exit
Theo Walcott has reportedly failed to agree a new contract with Arsenal
Arsenal are bracing themselves to lose yet another big-name player after failing to convince Theo Walcott to sign a new contract.
Press Association Sport understands Walcott has turned down a deal worth around £4million a year and could be sold before the transfer window closes on Friday.
Walcott reportedly wants to continue negotiations over what is said to be a £75,000-a-week, five-year contract tabled to replace the one that expires next summer.
It is understood the 23-year-old wants a better deal - nearer £100,000-a-week according to reports - and should he and Arsenal fail to reach an agreement in the next 48 hours, it could signal the end of his six-and-a-half-year stay in north London.
Walcott has been valued between £12million and £15million and has already been linked with Liverpool this summer.
Reports suggest Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City are also interested in adding the England winger to their ever-increasing ex-Gunners contingent after seeing a bid for Swansea's Scott Sinclair rejected.
Walcott's loss would be viewed by many as another huge blow to Arsenal, who lost captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United earlier this month.
Alex Song quickly followed by joining Barcelona, who signed Cesc Fabregas from the Gunners last summer, which also saw Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri move to City.
Walcott was one of Van Persie's main providers last season as the Dutchman notched 37 goals, with Walcott himself scoring 11.
Walcott, who joined the Gunners from Southampton as a 16-year-old in 2006, started their home game with Sunderland on the opening day of the season but was left on the bench for Sunday's match at Stoke, eventually coming on after 72 minutes in what was their second straight goalless draw.
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I am sure that Wlcott thinks he deserves more money, as all "top footballers" seem to think they do. However, someone somewhere as to call a halt to the bus ticket numbers they are paid in wages. It`s the boys & girls that pay at the gate every week that pay these insane wages.
The country is in deep deep sh*t yet these guys still think they should live a life that could not even be dreamed of by the people who pay their wages. Their wages should be a maximum of £20,000 a week taxed at at least 50-60 per cent, this should happen throughout the football world so they cannot move to another country to ply their trade.
As it is now what they do to earn their living is totally disproportionate to what they do for society, they don`t put their life on the line like our police officers, they don`t save lives as our doctors and nurses do, they don`t teach our children, they don`t always set a good example to our children.
I know they are not moral guardians however , I think they do have some responsibility to the younger generation. This goverment has now form next April given these guys a big tax cut, so the
guys at the top like Rooney will get something like an extra £800,000 per year based on his earning from football and outside activities, according to his earnings in the Sunday Times rich list, I know it is not his fault. However this is one guy, one footballer, when you think of all the guys in the premier league, then how much money has been taken from the poor to give these guys even more money.
Also not all of them I know, but a lot of them would be working on building sites or factory work earning normal low wages in most cases, as employers don`t like paying workers good wages.
Someone somewhere has to call a halt.
GREED once again rears it's ugly head with Premiership Footballers.
No one is worth the money these ars**** are demanding.
They are morally repugnant and should be subject to 'capping' before they completely ruin the game.
Their beahviour on and off the field is a direct result of their wealth making them think they are above the law and superior beings amongst us.
If I was Osborne I'd tax them all at 95% which would bring them down and peg their activities in society.
FIFA need to cap wages, players demands are just getting ridiculous, no-one on this earth is worth the sort of money footballers demand. Theo is just another player who has fallen into the greed trap created over the past 20 years.
Wrong headline - how about:
"GUNNERS REFUSE TO GIVE IN TO WALCOTT'S RIDICULOUS DEMANDS"
no end product with walcott not got much better last 2 years another money grabbing player . **** of to man city and play in the reserves
The report says that he wants more than the £75,000 a week he's been offered.
The great majority of people would feel that they had a great amount of money
in their bank accounts if they made that type of money for a few weeks,never mind
a few years.
I hope the greedy bugga leaves and ends up on less, these PL players think they are gods gift, they need to look at the wages the fans get who pay their over-inflated wages.
He wants £100,000( and he isn't that good) for a weeks wage, when his fans mostly have to work 5 yrs to get that................. nothing but a greedy jerk, and that goes for the other players that think they are worthy of it, and let's face it, no player is worth the wages they get these days, they hold their clubs to ransom with their demands and no thought of the ppl that pay to watch them.
Time to stop these prima donna's to come back down to earth and pay them a wage that's fitting to the sport, and maximum of say 25 k a week, we would love to get that and live quite well too, they get paid when hurt , we don't paid if sick, we don't................ get real and get a life!!!!!!!