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Walcott finally puts pen to Gunners paper

THEO-GOALLONDON, England, January 18- Theo Walcott appears to have ended the drawn out contract saga at Arsenal by agreeing a new deal that will keep the England international at the club until 2016.

After lengthy negotiations Walcott has finally agreed in principle a three-and-a-half year deal at the Emirates.

The 23-year-old is likely to join fellow Britons Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who all signed five-year extensions last month.

Walcott was expected to agree a deal sooner, but he baulked at a deal worth £75,000 per week in August as he held out for a contract closer to £100,000.

Arsene Wenger has seen some of his brightest talents leave the Emirates in the past two summers. Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and the Premier League’s leading goalscorer Robin van Persie have all departed, and the Frenchman was desperate to keep Walcott on board.

Wenger had said that he was ’99 per cent’ certain that Walcott would agree terms before the weekend, and it appears his prediction has come to fruition.


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