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Wenger’s bid to keep Walcott

Premier League

Arsene Wenger will recommend to the Arsenal board that they improve Theo Walcott’s contract offer in an attempt to end the uncertainty over his future.

The Arsenal hierarchy previously told the England forward they were unwilling to increase their £75,000-per-week offer, which was rejected by Walcott in August.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier league match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images,)

But Sportsmail understands the club’s stance on the issue has softened in recent weeks and they are now willing to reach a compromise with the forward.

It is believed both parties feel an offer of between £80,000 and £85,000 per week will be enough to secure Walcott’s future.

Wenger, who has been impressed by the 23-year-old’s displays in recent weeks, will tell Arsenal’s board to up their existing offer and hopes his intervention will help resolve the issue.

Liverpool and Chelsea are plotting January moves for Walcott, while Manchester City want to sign him on a free transfer next summer.– Daily Mail

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