Theo Walcott and Santi Carzola have both signed new deals ahead of the new season.
Santi Carzola had a year on his contract remaining and was rumoured to be attracting interest from Athletico Madrid. The little Spanaird has been a great player for Arsenal and won the player of the season in his first season. This season however, he would take up a deep-lying playmaker role alongside Coquelin. While details of his deal have not been made public, it is said to be a 3 year deal. The deal makes sense and keeps a player that still has a lot to offer.
Theo’s contract however seems to have divided the Arsenal faithful. It is said this new 4 year deal also comes with an increase from £100,000 per week to £140,000 per week. For a player that is not sure of a staring 11, that seems high. However, as Arsene pointed out a while ago, Walcott is entering into the period in his career where he is at his peak and the club have decided to give him this bumper deal to that effect.
Walcott has come out on Twitter to thank the club and his management team: Key Sports Management and sure seems happy to remain at the club hr has made over 300 appearances for.
Wenger has also come out to express his joy about both deals:
” we are delighted to have extended the contracts of Santi and Theo. They are highly important and influential to our squad”.
Criticize it or love it, both deals are just awesome. It is important that we enter into the season with a happy squad and with good news around the club. With deals for Bellerin, Coquelin and Jenkinson; the fact that Diaby has found a club and now these, the atmosphere around the club is just sweet unlike some red dressed clubs in Manchester that have become springboards for players to get better deals in their clubs.
Have a great weekend gooners!!!