Commit to us or sit on the bench, blasts Wenger towards Theo

Arsene Wenger is beginning to get more and more frustrated with English winger, Theo Walcott. The 23-year-old is into the last year of his contract at Arsenal and Wenger is becoming annoyed at the player still not signing an extension.

There was a lot of rumours during the transfer window that Theo Walcott could be leaving Arsenal after the departure of Robin Van Persie, but the winger stayed at Arsenal depsite turning down a new contract offer. Since turning down a new £75,000-a-week deal at the Emirates, the Arsenal boss has left Theo out of his starting line-up.

Walcott did come on as a sub in the weekend’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton, but received a mixture of cheers and boos from the home fans. Arsene Wenger believes this could become a problem for Theo and for the manager himself.

Asked whether the uncertainty about the winger’s future has affected his selection decisions, the Arsenal manager said: ‘It can, but at the moment I still hope to extend his contract so, at the moment, it doesn’t affect me. Of course at some stage (it will).

‘If in April it’s not done (a new contract), you can think now it will be difficult to do.

‘Is the fans’ reaction a worry? It is. I think you want your players to be supported no matter what kind of contractual situation they are in.’


Theo Walcott is in the Arsenal squad for their Champions League tie against Montpellier, but Arsene Wenger isn’t sure whether to start him or not.

The Arsenal boss will not be on the touchline for the Champions League game as he starts his touchline ban after being punished for what he said about a match offical after Arsenal’s game against AC Milan last season.

Alex William Batt

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