Walcott received bumper Arsenal contract offer yesterday

Arsenal offered Theo Walcott a new £50,000-a-week contract yesterday.

Arsenal offered Theo Walcott a new £50,000-a-week contract yesterday.

The Mirror says Walcott, currently injured after surgery on a dislocated shoulder, has 18 months left on his current contract and had been waiting on Arsenal to open negotiations on a new deal.

But the 19-year-old star's representatives met with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis yesterday and the Gunners are ready to present Walcott with a double-your-money offer that will net the star £13million over five years.

Arsenal are confident they can persuade him to pledge his long-term future to the club. Real Madrid and Manchester City are hovering but Walcott, who joined Arsenal for £10m in 2006, will stay on if the deal is right.

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