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Arsene '99% Sure' On Theo

Arsene '99% Sure' On Theo

Rumours has been drifting around the interwebs for a few weeks that Theo Walcott is set to sign a new improved deal with the club, likely to make him Arsenal's highest paid player. Arsene Wenger has been making more positive noises too and in today's press conference, he seemed to confirm that the situation was near resolution.

Theo is legally free to negotiate with clubs on the continent and will be available on a Bosman free transfer come June, but Wenger said the club were nearly there, 'I was scared at some stage, yes, that he could leave because it is like that with the experience I have in negotiations,' Wenger said at Thursday morning's press conference ahead of the game at Chelsea on Sunday.

'When things last too long, it is never a good sign.

'In that case, it took us some time to get where we want to get.

'It is still not finalised, but hopefully it will be done by this weekend.

'There is a possibility. My optimism is at 99 per cent now.'

Meanwhile, Wenger hinted that he had some irons in the fire on the transfer front too, 'We are looking at him [Wilfried Zaha], but at the moment we have not made any bid for him,' Wenger said.

'I don't know if Manchester United are in for him.

'Anyway, if you call any club for any player, they will tell you Man Utd, Milan, Real Madrid are as well in for him, but it is always difficult to know if it is true or not.'

He also suggested a big bid for Napoli's Edison Cavani was under consideration, ''I like him as a player,' said Wenger. 'Will he cost a lot of money? That's for sure. Nobody would deny that.

'Our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player.'

Though Wenger is happy to play a waiting game as January draws on.

'The prices go always up at the start of the transfer market and go down in the last week. Sometimes as well they go up in the last week, but it depends,' he said.

'Most of the time they go down in the last week and you know as well that 90% of transfer activity happens in the last week if not in the last 48 hours.'

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday January 17 2013
Time: 3:10PM

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Intriguing that the club and Walcott still haven't reached an agreement after a revised offer closer to the numbers Theo wanted. Does Theo want even more money or is he waiting for an assurance that the club wont buy another centre forward which will limit his opportunities through the middle one wonders. The club too seems oddly relaxed about the situation. About the confirmed 'interest' in the amazing Edinson Cavani, its wishful thinking or at best a smokescreen for interest in another forward. With a buyout close to 50 million quid, a reported 30 million bid comes nowhere close to interesting Napoli and its not as if Cavani is a massive fan and only wants to come to the Arsenal. Last summer Wenger confirmed his interest in Hazard but bought Cazorla who cost half as much as Hazard both in terms of transfer fee as well as wages. Hopefully this is a smoke screen for something similar. One can hope!
17/01/2013 15:36:00
I just hope people will lay off Theo a bit. Everyone was up in arms that we could posiibly lose another of our players to either City, Chelsea or Man Utd. "It'll just go to show we're a small club now" they said. Yet when Theo has a poor run of form everyone is all over him talking about wages and playing upfront. We either want to keep him or we don't, make up your minds. He's the age now that Henry was when he joined I believe, he's still relatively young, and he's got bags of poential.

With regards to other transfers, we've got to sign a couple of players, we've got to. Wilshere and Arteta are pivotal to our side and it's only January and we're already in danger of over-playing them.
17/01/2013 16:06:00
The word on the grapevine is that terms have been agreed with Theo for a while, it's the small details now. Image rights etc.
Little Dutch
17/01/2013 16:50:00
That makes a lot of sense.
17/01/2013 17:15:00
If Walcott is in the bag then I am so ready to get behind an Arsenal team where the core group of players will stay put. I don't care if they're not all world class stars, to have a proper team again will be like meeting up with an old friend. Finally a few seasons without a revolving door of key players. It's long overdue.
Professor Calculus
17/01/2013 17:52:00
You know I never even considered that Prof, we've effectively got all our top players, bar Sagna, nailed down for a few years. Well, as nailed down as they can be. That is a nice feeling.
17/01/2013 18:00:00
Right with you there, Prof Calculus. Stability, please!
17/01/2013 19:01:00
I really wouldn't get too excited about Cavani, deltaforce. If you listen to the press conf rather than reading the headlines, it's doesn't really amount to an expression of interest and certainly wasn't an admission of having made a bid - journos getting ahead of themselves. The Zaha interest seemed concrete, though.
17/01/2013 19:37:00
This is good news, but the onus is on Theo to prove himself. No longer just a talent, or potential, it's time to deliver 20 goals for the next 3 seasons. Will be interesting to see how he handles that pressure. We've invested a lot of time and money in him, and it would have been a shame if he had left this summer.
17/01/2013 19:53:00
....we did have Alex Song nailed down for a few years, though, but see what he did when Barca flashed him a smile.
18/01/2013 00:21:00
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