Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has urged Theo Walcott to stop thinking about money and concentrate on football.
The Arsenal winger has been in the news this summer after his contract wrangle with the club. Theo Walcott, who is into his last year of his contract, rejected a contract extension earlier this summer. Reportedly Arsenal were offering him £75,000-a-week while the England international was demanding £100,000-a-week, while his agent seems to have spent his time in his office working out his NFL betting picks rather than negotiating with the Arsenal board!.
There were talks about Walcott leaving the club at the end of the transfer window, but he stayed even though he is yet to sign a new contract. A few days back, Wenger said that he is not confident about Walcott signing an extension and in all probability the speedster might be sold in the Winter transfer window if he fails to agree to a new contract.
Now former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has come and said that he fails to understand these contract wrangles and said that Theo is probably concentrating more on his pay-cheque than on his game and it is affecting him.
‘Everyone wants to see Theo Walcott sign a new contract at Arsenal,’ Parlour said.
‘He’s got a lot of work to do on the pitch though and, at the moment, he’s not playing. He’s a good player, but he needs to say whether he’s staying or he’s going and then concentrate on his football.
‘All these contract talks can affect your game. He’s probably thinking more about money and less about his game.
‘It’s one of those situations where the player has got to be happy with what he’s got. I can never understand these wrangles over contracts.’
Walcott will meet the club’s officials in two weeks for another meeting regarding his contract, but at the moment the picture is not rosy for the 23-year-old. He is no longer a regular starter and with Gervinho and Podolski performing well, he will find it hard to get back into the starting line-up.