So after protracted negotiations over two years, Arsenal have now tied Theo Walcott down to a ‘long term’ contract.
The details if you are to believe the scribes out there are that Arsenal will pay Walcott GBP100,000 a week over the next three-and-half years making him the highest-paid player at the club.
Given the way Arsenal have been bleeding important players over the last few seasons this was a deal that the club needed beyond footballing reasons. After losing Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Robin Van Persie and Alex Song in a short space of time, failing to retain the services of their current top goalscorer would have been a disaster for the Gunners. It would have wiped the Emirates off the map as an attractive destination for top players. It is hard enough trying to attract anyone now with the dearth of trophies but with a revolving door policy for stars in place, it makes it doubly so.
The strange and sadly typical thing about Arsenal fans is that before he committed his future...