Arsenal legend Graham: Walcott must prove he deserves pay-rise

Arsenal legend George Graham says Theo Walcott needs to do more to prove he's worthy of a pay-rise. Graham admits the 23-year-old holds all the aces when it comes to contract talks.

Arsenal legend George Graham says Theo Walcott needs to do more to prove he's worthy of a pay-rise.

Graham admits the 23-year-old holds all the aces when it comes to contract talks.

He told talkSPORT: “Theo is in a really strong position. He’s had a great couple of months, but he’s never really been a regular in the team. So I can understand Arsenal’s point of view and them asking ‘do we give him £100,000 a week when he’s not even a regular starter’?

“But if he was on the open market he’d cost around £15million, so he can negotiate on that basis and get double the money Arsenal are offering him.

“Everybody knows he’s got a great affection for the club and Arsenal have got to come up with a package to keep him - not just his wages but a loyalty bonus at the end of every season that builds up to more than £75,000 a week.

“But he has to turn it on week in, week out for the sort of money he wants.”

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