Date: 18th September 2012 at 9:31am
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With the Theo Walcott contract situation still unresolved, Arsene Wenger has confirmed what most Gooners have susspected, in that the lack of a signature on a contract from the Englishman does have the potential to affect the manager`s decisions on the starting XI.

It`s no secret that Arsene will try to hold on to his players as long as he can, and it`s also no secret that the Frenchman has a bit of a ruthless streak (Just ask Alex Song) when his patenience is tested, I seem to remember Wiltord and Edu had both been benched in the past after showing a reluctance to sign a new deal, and ultimately not featuring as all in the final months of their contracts.

However the Gaffer claims he still hopes to tie Theo down to a new deal.

Wenger said, ‘It can (change selection policy), but at the moment I still hope to extend his contract so at the moment, it doesn’t affect me. Of course at some stage…,’

But added it would be unlikely if it wasn`t done by April (April? Really? I`d give him till Christmas).

“If in April it is not done, you can think it will be difficult to do.’

There were also reports claiming Walcott was booed by a section of the crowd in the game vs. Southampton at the weekend, however many Arsenal fans at the game claim it wasn`t booing but a chant of “Giiirrrrroooouuuuudddd” in the same fashion we used to show our support for Kanu (who incidentally thought it was booing at first also).