Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not feel Theo Walcott's future will come down to a simple matter of money.
The 23-year-old forward will be out of contract in the summer, and has been in excellent goalscoring form for the Gunners after switching to his preferred central striker role and grabbing a hat-trick against Newcastle.
Walcott turned down one offer of a new deal - reported to be worth £75,000 a week - in the summer and has so far failed to reach an agreement as the player looks for terms closer to £100,000.
However, Wenger feels the continuing negotiations can see a positive conclusion to the saga.
Speaking at a press conference this morning ahead of Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie at Swansea, Wenger said: "We are talking. Yes [I am encouraged by the talks].
"It is very difficult to be predictable in this kind of situation, but I always said that our desire is there to do it as quickly as possible. We are ready to do it."
Wenger added: "I only speak for our side, and ...