Date: 28th August 2012 at 8:13pm
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Reports are emerging (none of which are verified at this point, I ought to add) that Theo Walcott will be put on the market by Arsenal as the England wide man has allegedly turned down a contract offer from the club. Walcott’s representatives have been negotiating, stalling and renegotiating with Arsenal all summer with 1 year left on his current deal.

But The Times is reporting that he has turned down a contract offer. Curiously, this story has come into the public domain hours after Manchester City’s attempt to buy Scott Sinclair has fallen through. If Walcott is still with Arsenal come Saturday with no new deal signed, the club could lose him on a free transfer next summer.

Perhaps ominously, Wenger told the press on Saturday, ‘Negotiations are ongoing with Walcott and we want to try and sort it out one way or the other before the transfer window shuts,’

One way or the other being the key phrase you’d imagine. Watch this space. It looks pretty clear that by Friday night he’ll have signed a contract. Just a question of who with.