The Sun have revealed that Theo Walcott is ready to leave the club after being devastated at the news that Robin van Persie will not extend his contract in north London.
The Gunners captain has one year left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, and despite a new improved offer from Arsene Wenger’s men has opted to leave the side after his contract expires.
The England international is in a similar position in that his current contract also expires next summer, and it is believed that Van Persie’s decision has had a major impact on Walcott’s thought process.
The pair are close friends off the pitch and Walcott is believed to think that Van Persie’s choice to leave the club shows a lack of ambition and urgency from the north London outfit.
A deal to increase Walcott’s wages from £55,000-a-week to around £80,000 is supposed on the table, with a new four-year deal being offered by Arsenal.
However, it is believed that Walcott will spurn this offer and instead make plans to look for a new club, either this summer or next.
Should Walcott follow in Van Persie’s footsteps it would be a hammer blow for the already hurting Arsenal fans.
By Gareth McKnight