Reports over the weekend suggested Arsenal are looking into the possibility of offering contract rebel Theo Walcott plus £8 million to Liverpool in exchange for the services of promising youngster Raheem Sterling.
Arsene Wenger said:
‘It’s always important to keep your best players but if selling Walcott should happen, we’ll replace him with someone, another big name.’
Arsenal have been unwilling to meet Walcott’s wage demands – believed to be around £90,000-a-week. They have so far come up with an offer of around £10,000-a-week short of Theo’s demands, while the pacey winger also wants to know whether Wenger plans to play him in his preferred position up front.
Walcott is in the last eight months of his existing contract and will be free to talk to other clubs from January onwards, and it seems we are finding ourselves in this situation to often than not in recent years.
Brendan Rodgers is said to be an admirer of Walcott but does not want to lose Sterling.
It appears Arsenal fans must now brace themselves for another exit after Wenger added:
‘Yes, fans are fed up. You think I’m not fed up?’
‘I want our best players to stay. I have discussions every day with Theo but not every day about his contract.’
This, in my opinion, would be a shock trade. Simple as that.
Yet again, we are selling our ready-made players to be replaced by a kid, who has only shined for a couple of games in a Liverpool shirt.
Don’t get me wrong, Sterling is an amazing talent and I think he has a bright future ahead of him. But why must we constantly keep bringing in youngsters to replace our experienced players?
And topping up £8 million for him plus Walcott? Sorry to say this, but that’s just down right stupid. What is the board even thinking considering this proposal?
I’m a fan of Walcott. The 23-year-old has been improving season after season and is on his way to improving his talent even further. And the fact that we allow our star players to run down their deals sickens me.
If Wenger was truly fed up then he would’ve offered Walcott a new deal months ago before he entered his final year of his contract.
Just give him the flipping wage he demands and play him up front with a target man Arsene! Otherwise if he leaves and Sterling does come in we will be stuck doing the same old thing year in, year out, ‘building for the future’.
I can only assume he is waiting for the teams around us to age even more before we start even thinking about becoming successful.
I have honestly had it with all these never ending contract talks. Why can’t we simply tie our best players down to new deals earlier and avoid all this commotion. Some will say that our wage structure won’t allow us to because we are trying to be financially stable. But if being financially stable means constantly losing our stars every season and not attracting the ‘big’ names because our packages aren’t attractive, then I say screw it, break the stupid structure and give the players the money that will make them want to stay.
If we keep on doing this as a club then I can only see this trophy drought continuing.
We need the experience and the chemistry that is brought about by a group of players who have been together for sometime. Only this will see us progress as a club.
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