Will Theo Wallcott Stay At Arsenal


Theo Wallcott, Arsenal

Will Theo Wallcott Stay At Arsenal

Arsenal cannot afford to let Walcott leave the club, according to ex-Gunners defender Sol Campbell.

"Theo is a big player," Campbell said. "You don't want to lose him for the best years of his football.

Walcott is entering the final six months of current agreement with the Gunners and the transfer window about to open.

"January is very critical. It is a critical moment because if you don't get it right in January you can just forget the rest of the season," said Campbell.

After the exits of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie in recent years, Walcott could become the latest high-profile loss for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger wants Theo Walcott to stay on at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger's Quotes on Walcott

26 September

"We want him to stay, I always said exactly the same. We are all professional and let's hope we can extend his deal. I speak to Theo of course, we are always in touch with [his agent] and you have to give us some time to try to sort that out."

1 November

"There is urgency - how much I don't know, but there is urgency. We want to sort it out before Christmas, one way or the other. I would not like to [sell Walcott]. I have not even thought about that, because at the moment I think we will still manage to make a deal with him."

8 November

"My desire is to keep Theo. We do what is needed to keep him and hopefully we can sort this situation out very soon. Very soon is before the end of December one way or another, that is for sure."

"For the next five years, I'd pay to keep him. He's a young lad, a good lad who scores goals, and you need to keep those types of players," continued Campbell.

"People love him, people hate him - but Theo is a good player, a great player, and he's growing every year," said Campbell.

"You can't lose him because his contract is running out or he wants a little bit more money. You've got to keep those type of players. We've lost too many over time.

"It used to be losing these players at 30 years old - now they're losing these players at mid-20s and that's crazy. You can't be losing players at mid-20s because of contract situations - it's crazy now."

Campbell made 211 appearances in two spells at Arsenal, winning two league titles and two FA Cups, and scoring in the 2006 Champions League final.

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