Wenger still keen on keeping Walcott after yet another goal for Arsenal

Theo Walcott may be refusing to sign a new contract with Arsenal, but he keeps proving his worth every time he puts on the red and white jersey, including yet another goal in yesterday’s brilliant 5-2 win over Tottenham.

Most of the best football betting sites have made Chelsea the favourites to poach Walcott in January, but Arsene Wenger continues to insist that he will do his utmost to keep the England international at the Emirates.

Wenger said after yesterday’s game: “I believe Walcott is doing very well. I haven’t changed my mind on him. I always said I want to keep him and we try to find an agreement. We haven’t found it yet but we’ll continue. He doesn’t play like somebody who wants to go and I don’t behave like somebody who wants him to go, because he plays.”

Walcott himself keeps saying that he is only interested in being allowed to play as centre-forward before he signs an extension to his contract, but yesterday he seemed to be happy to wait for his chance in the Arsenal team. He said: “I’ve always believed I was a striker,”

“The boss gave me five minutes at the end there and I managed to grab a goal which was great. But when you’ve got someone like Olivier Giroud who is playing well there’s no need to change a winning team.

“My time will come, I’ve just got to be patient, but like a say, I want to play upfront, that’s my best position.”

Walcott may be prepared to be patient, but I think that Wenger and the Arsenal board must surely be running out of patience themselves, and if he hasn’t signed by Christmas he is nearly certain to be on his way out….

Wenger – Vermaelen is like a frustrated centre-forward!

Thomas Vermaelen has been Arsenal’s match-winner twice in the last few weeks, and Arsene Wenger reckons that his partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the back is just as good when they go into attacking mode as they are in defence.

But it is certainly a great sound-bite for Wenger to call Vermaelen a ‘frustrated centre-forward’, but the fact is that the Belgian international does seem to popup in the opposing penalty area on a regular basis!

Both Koscielny and Vermaelen were both imperious as Arsenal held off Everton on Wednesday, and Wenger couldn’t help drooling about their partnership after the game: “They look solid and I think they have a good balance defensively and offensively,” Wenger said.

“They can both play with the ball as well and for us that is very important for the basis of our game. It starts at the back and they have the quality to do that as well.

“Defensively they are not the tallest but they have a fantastic leap and both of them have good pace. Vermaelen looks like a frustrated centre forward because he has the timing to get into the box as well.”

It is certainly good news for Arsenal that there are now other players that can end up scoring when Van Pesie is not quite up to his usual unstoppable standards (like now).

Long may it continue!