Theo Walcott will stay a Gunner until 2016.
It's that wonderful time of year again when English Premier League teams are going after huge names to add to their teams. Most transfer stories come with an insane transfer of some amazing player going to one of his rival clubs or a team losing one of their best.
However, for Arsenal, the Gunners and their fans should be more excited about a player they kept around.
According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Arsenal has finally locked up forward Theo Walcott. Walcott signed a £90,000-a-week deal that will keep the Englishman in London until 2016. The deal will end up keeping Walcott on for three-and-a-half years with a £3 million signing-on bonus.
The Gunners holding on to the 23-year-old is a fantastic move.
Walcott is incredibly fast and has great balance and ability to move around the pitch. With Arsenal he's netted 56 goals and 45 assists in 244 total appearances with the team.
Walcott is obviously very talented on the pitch, but what he brings off the field is even more important. As Walcott agreed to his new deal he made a few clear statements of his intentions. One quote in particular stood out: "What’s important now is for the team to realise its potential and win trophies."
Walcott, along with Jack Wilshire, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who all signed five year extensions last month, are focused on winning and will all be in London long enough to do something about it.
The Gunners' re-signing of Walcott and others have given them a solid nucleus of young players to work with for the near future, which will give them a great opportunity to grow as a unit as opposed to being a group of individuals.