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Walcott Finally Signs New Deal

Walcott Finally Signs New Deal

After many months of speculation Theo Walcott has finally put pen to paper and signed a new long term contract.

The Gunners have had a steady stream of their best players walking out the door over the last 3 or 4 years and for the longest time it seemed as though Theo would go the same way. Yet despite alleged interest from Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool (of whom Theo is a fan) the rapid Englishman chose to stay at Arsenal …. With the help of a rather large financial package.

Walcott joins a whole host of young Gooners who have committed their long term futures to the club which leaves us, for the first time in a long time (and excluding Bacary Sagna) pretty much drama free for the next few years which can only be of benefit to the club.

Theo himself seemed pretty happy with the deal.

'I am very happy to have signed a new contract here at Arsenal. Thanks to everyone for their continued support, especially the manager, everyone at the club and most importantly the fans. I have made it clear from the start that I wanted to stay at Arsenal so I am pleased we have agreed a deal that everyone is happy with. What`s important now is for the team to realise its potential and win trophies."

Now Arsene, I believe you mentioned something about bringing in some players once Theo had signed a new deal?

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Date:Friday January 18 2013
Time: 3:51PM

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It's like a new signing!
18/01/2013 16:06:00
Good! Now, back to the right wing you go!! Tee Hee Hee!!! (Psyche!)
18/01/2013 16:20:00
It is really good news, however it is viewed. We can put that aside now and he can play with less pressure (even though, one must admit he did carry himself well during the heady days leading to an agreement). As the manager said, with this dusted, time to bring in the new signings to affect the rest of the season for us.
18/01/2013 16:22:00
Bizzarely members of the media are still criticising Arsene and the club for taking so long to sign Theo up. They can honestly do no right in some peoples eyes.
18/01/2013 16:40:00
Good news, but its not long term.
Wyn Mills
18/01/2013 16:44:00
If he would have signed a 4 year deal in the summer would thay have been a long term deal? This is the same thing ... just took a little longer than expected.
18/01/2013 16:58:00
Not sure I follow Rocky. This is a 3.5 extension to his existing contract which was due to expire at the end of the season. If he'd signed a 4 year deal in the summer I'm assuming it would still be a 4 year extension to his existing contract?
Wyn Mills
18/01/2013 18:18:00
As far as I'm aware (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, it has been known in the past) when signing a new contract it immediately overwrites the old contract. I think the "extension" just refers to the player extending his stay at the club. If the contract was just added on to the end of the existing one that would mean Theo's new contract would run out in January 2007 and that's just weird.
18/01/2013 18:30:00
Well reports are saying it should keep him at the Emirates until summer 2016, so you may be right (although contracts appear to be largely meaningless these days). As Naija says, now that's out of the way lets get a real central striker in and put Theo out on the wing where he's most productive! ;)
Wyn Mills
18/01/2013 19:35:00
The contract runs until summer 2016 so 3.5 years from now but 3 years beyond the scheduled end of his original contract. In fact no contract is long term in that they can all be terminated by the player after 3 years (2years over 28) irrespective of contract length. He and/or the club will be looking/attempting to renegotiate within 2 years anyway.
18/01/2013 19:36:00
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