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Gunners Confirm Walcott Deal

Arsenal have confirmed that forward Theo Walcott has ended speculation regarding his future by signing a new contract at the club.

The 23-year-old has signed a "long-term" deal with the Gunners, with reports claiming that it is a three-and-a-half year contract.

Walcott has been in negotiations with the club for months, and earlier reports claimed that the England international could be on his way out, but manager Arsene Wenger remained confident that the player would stay.

Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger said: "We are all delighted that Theo has signed a new contract.

"He joined us as a 16-year-old and since then has developed very well to become an extremely important player for both Arsenal Football Club and England.

"Theo is a strong player and also a great person, and the combination of his ability and pace always make him such a valuable asset either from the flanks or down the middle.

"Theo's contract extension now gives us a strong nucleus of ambitious young players who have committed to the club and want to be successful with us as a group."

Walcott himself added: "I am very happy to have signed a new contract here at Arsenal.

"Thanks to everyone for their continued support, especially the manager, everyone at the club and most importantly the fans.

"I have made it clear from the start that I wanted to stay at Arsenal so I am pleased we have agreed a deal that everyone is happy with. What’s important now is for the team to realise its potential and win trophies."

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