Arsenal winger Theo Walcott insists that his ongoing contract negotiations are not concerned with money and that he is happy at the club, according to Sky Sports.
Apart from Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland on the opening day of the campaign, Walcott has been limited to appearances from the substitute’s bench after stalling on contract negotiations which has mounted continued speculation on the 23-year-olds future.
However, the England international has revealed that his reluctance to agree a new deal for the Gunners isn’t based around greed for a pay rise, “It’s been a frustrating start for me, because of false speculation about me and the money situation.”
The former Southampton man says that his hesitance is based on a footballing matter, revolving around his desire to play centre-forward rather than out on the wings, “For me, it has never been about money, it has always been a football decision for me.”
Since the summer Walcott has constantly been linked with a move away from Arsenal, with Liverpool rumoured to be after his services. Walcott said that although he had the opportunity to leave the Gunners in the summer, he has and will continue to remain loyal to the club, “I had opportunities to go in the summer. If I wanted to, I would have gone, if it was about money. It has never been that.”
Walcott concluded, “The main factors for me now are I want to start playing up front. That is all it is, really.”
Regardless of whether Walcott’s issue at Arsenal is a financial or simply a positional one, if contract negotiations continue to linger on for much longer, the winger may find himself frozen out by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger altogether, as the French boss looks to avoid a repeat of the contract saga that surrounded Robin van Persie last season.