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Theo Walcott: Arsenal Star Must Reject PSG Interest, Sign New Deal with Gunners

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Theo Walcott of Arsenal holds the matchball after scoring a hatrick during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2013

Theo Walcott should pledge his future to Arsenal by signing a new contract with the Gunners and rejecting interest from top European clubs such as Paris-Saint Germain in the January transfer window.

David Woods of the Daily Star has the latest update on the situation:

PSG are backed with £37bn worth of Arab oil money and would be able to offer the 23-year-old double what he wants at the Emirates.

Manchester United and ­Manchester City are also keen on Walcott, while Chelsea have been linked with him as well.

Walcott has proven multiple times this season that he's capable of being productive as a center forward/striker, and it's hard to imagine him not featuring in these roles if he signs a new contract with Arsenal.

Playing every match as a starting striker at the four clubs mentioned in the above passage doesn't seem likely for Walcott because those teams already have several quality forwards that score goals regularly.

There's way too much attacking talent at these clubs that Walcott would have to compete with.

Even if PSG offer Walcott an attractive long-term contract with an enormous weekly wage, if he's not going to feature in the starting XI on a consistent basis then there's no reason to sign with the French club.

If Walcott went to PSG and he failed as a striker, it's hard to imagine him moving to the wings because Ezequiel Lavezzi and Jeremy Menez have established themselves as the team's two best wingers.

Playing as a striker at PSG would also be difficult for Walcott since Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the team's first choice striker and one of the world's best goal scorers.

PSG are currently leading Ligue 1, and Walcott would have a great opportunity to win trophies with the French club, but the quality of competition in France is well below the Premier League. Playing in England against talented teams every week would help Walcott reach his full potential.

The best decision for Walcott would be to sign with Arsenal because he's familiar with the club, he has been successful in the Premier League throughout his career and he has a better opportunity to start for the Gunners on a regular basis than he would at a bigger club.

 

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