Theo Walcott creates a shift in Arsenal history

The moment Theo Walcott put pen to paper on his new contract yesterday it marked a moment in Arsenal history that could be looked back on as a turning point in Arsenal fortunes. The signing is much deeper than securing the services of a promising young player with so many years ahead of him to make history for the club.

Although the signing of Walcott in addition to the five youngsters who penned new deals earlier this season has gone a long way to stabilising the team and securing a British spine of the team for the future it is still the one secured for Walcott that is the most important/significant.

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The reason why I am saying this is for the club to retain the services of Theo Walcott taking into account the stage he was at with his contract it showed to the fans that the club was able to secure the services of a star asset who had held all the cards in terms of their career choice.

When the last transfer window shut at the end of August with Theo not signing a contract in many fans eyes, myself included it seems the days of Walcott as an Arsenal player were over. We had been there before in recent times with former captain Robin Van Persie; once he reached the stage where he could talk to other clubs his departure was inevitable.

Much like Samir Nasri before him the players were the ones that had the power over the club in negotiations and dictated proceedings. Arsenal is too big a club to be the ones taking the runner up spot in any standoff with their players. The years haven’t been too kind to the club in the past 8 years meaning negotiation powers have weakened, the lack of silverware has certainly dented the clubs standing amongst other big clubs. Where in the past players would want to play for a club based on their admiration for their style of play and history this has been overtaken by the desire for quick silverware and/or extortionate wages.

All those years back Matthieu Flamini started the trend when he upped sticks and headed for AC Milan on a free; the club has since struggled at times in negotiations to persuade players that Arsenal were going places as their contracts moved rapidly towards the final year.

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This is why when Theo Walcott signed the contract when he was in a position to start negotiations with any club of his and his agent’s choice it could signal a buck in the trend. It sent out a message to all that Arsenal does have the power to hold onto its star players even at its most vulnerable in negotiation proceedings.

Many will mention that the reported wages of £100k are a bit over the top for Theo, maybe they are but sometimes you have to pay that little extra to show your ambition. If Theo was to decide to move on he would have commanded that £100k wage elsewhere with plenty suitors out there so to convince him to stay was a big moment for the club.

To discuss his transition to striker or his recent surge in set piece duties is for another time, right now we need to acknowledge and salute Theo Walcott for surprising a lot of us in committing himself to the club and now focus on moving on as part of a core of players that will take Arsenal forward (hopefully introducing some silverware to the barren trophy cupboard in the process).

Young Theodore James Walcott you may have dragged your heels over the past 6 months but you made the right decision in the end, you will not regret your choice.

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10 thoughts on “Theo Walcott creates a shift in Arsenal history

  1. Theo Walcott creates a shift in
    Arsenal history
    Posted by gambeanosnitch
    The moment Theo Walcott put pen to
    paper on his new contract yesterday it
    marked a moment in Arsenal history
    that could be looked back on as a turning
    point in Arsenal fortunes.

  2. Fantastic and about time it should have been done last season to keep Robin and never mind the shareholders or stadium repayments.

    • yes, sometimes you have to concede defeat if u want to keep the best. the problem is despite keeping a strict wage structure we have managed to overpay a lot of the poorer quality players over the yearsr

  3. 100 k a week for Walcott!?! Ridiculous.
    He should be on his way out with the rest of the deadwood in the team.

    Think his unreliable feet are worth 40 k a week More than Carzola? Think again!

    When I think of the players we could have signed for 100 k who would have done a better job as soon as they arrived.

    I can only assume that they plan to sell him come the summer,only reason I can see for getting him to sign.

    • its a lot agreed but he has been one of our biggest contributers this season, to replace him with equal or better quality would command a lot more money unless Wenger was prepared to gamble on an unknown

  4. Yes Theo, ride on you are on the right path. You have shown us that you have Arsenal in your heart not like some pretenders who claimed they love the club but ended up doning the colours of our biggest rivals.

  5. Dis is a gud development. Dats a done n dusted deal now.Now pls, mr wenger, get us a def midfielder n a goal poacher nxt week… Am a gunner till d devil repents… COYG

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