In Focus: Theo Walcott’s contract decision suggests he won’t leave in January

According to reports in The Times, Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has postponed talks over a new deal until the end of the season, as he continues to struggle for Premier League game time.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 28-year-old has just 18 months left on his contract but his lack of minutes in the English top flight this term mean that he will wait until next summer to decide his future rather than committing to a new deal now, according to The Times.

After scoring one and assisting three in Arsenal’s 6-0 win against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night, the wide-man admitted that he was frustrated that he hadn’t been given many opportunities in the Premier League, and he has been linked with moves to former club Southampton, West Ham United and Everton in recent weeks.

How has Walcott done this season?

Well, despite scoring 19 goals in 37 appearances last term the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette during the summer and the fact that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both stayed means that the 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order.

However, while he has played just 46 minutes of Premier League football he has been a regular in the Gunners’ Europa League campaign and has four goals and five assists in 11 outings in all competitions.

Could he go in January?

It may depend on what happens in the next couple of weeks.

Unless Lacazette, Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck pick up injuries or suspensions then it is difficult to see Walcott being handed a start any time soon.

With the World Cup just over six months away, the winger may feel that if he is playing regularly elsewhere they he may have the opportunity to regain his place in the England squad before Russia.

If West Ham, Southampton or Everton firm up their interest and make a bid then the 28-year-old may be keen to speak to them, but Arsene Wenger may not let him go if fellow contract rebels Sanchez or Ozil do leave in the New Year.

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