Arsene Wenger is growing frustrated with the Theo Walcott situation, the 22 year old Arsenal Speedster is yet to sign a contract extension and Walcott can sign a pre-contract with a European club in January and then leave Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the season as he would be over 24 (i.e No Compensation). Walcott is adamant he wants to sign a new contract at Arsenal but talks remain deadlocked. Arsene Wenger has reportedly told Walcott he won’t get a starting role until he puts pen to paper on a new deal.
Although Arsenal are already at the disadvantaged side of the table when it comes to contract negotiations, As they might find it difficult to recoup their investments on him come January, cialis in addition they are definitely going to face a fans backlash if Theo Walcott leaves Arsenal and may be even players backlash as Sagna already expressed his disappointment with the whole Robin Van Persie & Alex Song situation.
Arsenal have a good budget for January transfers as their recently published financial statement shows and they are already looking for replacements should Walcott refuse to extend his contract. As Arsenal is a big club with a very wide scouting network, there is no telling who might be the preferred candidate but reports in Spain claim Arsenal have a very serious interest in Atlético Madrid’s Adrián López.
Adrián López Álvarez currently 24 years old, turns 25 in January, He joined joined Atlético Madrid from Deportivo de La Coruña. Adrián was cleared to join Atlético Madrid on a free transfer, after it was ruled he was a free agent. He signed for the club on 19 July 2011, agreeing to a four-year contract.
Adrián has since firmly established himself in Atlético Madrid’s starting eleven, he scored 18 goals last season and reportedly has a buy-out clause of around £15million in his current contract, a fee that shouldn’t scare off Arsenal. Atletico are keen to tie Lopez down but that would mean putting up the cost of his release clause and the player is reluctant to do that.
Here is a compilation of his 18 goals from last season
As much as Arsene seems to have altered his transfer policy, I am not sure he would be ready to spend £15million on a 25 year old who might not necessarily walk into his Starting 11. Reports reaching us is that Pat Rice, who has taken up a role as a scout at Arsenal has watched Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha on at least five occasions this season. This brings up the question would Wenger be willing to take up such risk, replacing Theo Walcott with Wilfried Zaha.
Already Theo Walcott has found himself frozen out this season, a rather odd decision considering his record in the preceding season. Wenger might have already replaced Theo Walcott internally, going as far as playing Aaron Ramsey in that position whit Walcott sat on the bench. He might barely be looking to fill up the numbers, should Theo Walcott leave.
Wilfried Zaha is a fast and tricky winger, and he is quite young, so he fits the bill perfectly as his signing wouldn’t block the development of the club’s Youngsters such as Ryo Miyaichi, Thomas Eisfeld and Serge Gnabry.