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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Theo Walcott wants to stay with 'special' Gunners

Arsenal's Theo Walcott
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Theo Walcott has stressed that he wants to stay at Arsenal, in a squad he now describes as "something special", and predicted that talks over a new contract will not be prolonged.

After the departure this summer of Abou Diaby, Walcott (26) has become Arsenal's longest-serving player and is in negotiations over a deal that could take him past his 30th birthday.

Walcott joined Arsenal in 2006 at the age of 16 and after scoring in the FA Cup final in May, is targeting an era of sustained success that would include a lasting Premier League title challenge.

"My agent has talked to the club, I enjoy playing for this club, so I am just letting them crack on with things and I'll continue playing football," Walcott said. "We'll just play the waiting game and see what happens, but I'm sure it won't be long. This squad, for me, is one of the best I've been involved in. I want to be part of that.

"There is something special in this group. We have got to keep this group together. I think this team can be very successful."

Walcott ended last season with four goals in the final two games, playing in the main central striker position, and was among the scorers on Saturday as Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to win the Asia Trophy.

Walcott started on the left of an attacking four that also included Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere.

"It is well documented where I want to play, but up front, there is a lot of competition for places," Walcott said.

"In the modern game, the three up front tend to change around a lot."

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