Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that Theo Walcott is on the verge of signing a contract extension with the club.
The England international has been in protracted contract negotiations with the Gunners, with clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United keeping a close watch on the Emirates.
Walcott has been demanding a pay rise, as well as more regular game time as a striker.
Initially, Wenger appeared reticent to pander to the player’s demands, although the Frenchman always maintained that Walcott would stay at Arsenal.
However, Walcott has emerged as one of Arsenal’s most reliable goalscorers during their less than impressive season so far.
And so it seems as if Arsenal have grown more accommodating in their negotiations with Walcott.
As a result, Wenger gave his most optimistic assessment yet regarding Walcott’s Arsenal future, following their 1-0 victory over Stoke in Wednesday night’s FA Cup third round replay.
Asked to explain his transfer plans, Wenger answered in reference to Walcott.
"Let's first try and finish the deal and see what we can do from there,” he said.
"I hope it will be soon. Very, very soon now."