Premier League rivals are waiting to pounce for Theo Walcott as new contract talks with Arsenal stall.

The Mail on Sunday says the delay means Walcott, who is Arsenal's top scorer this season with 10 goals, will have an increasingly strong negotiating position, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all showing interest in signing the 23-year-old.

Walcott's representatives and Arsenal's negotiator, Dick Law, were due to speak this month to establish whether the club would increase their £80,000-a-week offer.

But Walcott's main concern was to confirm that he would be a regular starter.

Both the club and Walcott had agreed to suspend negotiations until he had a run of games.