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Close on the heels of Robin van Persie's departure and Alex Song's impending sale, Arsene Wenger has been struck with a new headache, with Theo Walcott possibly angling for an exit this time.
The Gunners' manager saw his star striker Van Persie jump ship to Premier League rivals Manchester United, while Song has been inching closer to a move to Barcelona, which has had many fans question the Frenchman's desire to win trophies over sustaining profits at the club.
A possible move away from the Emirates for Walcott however would be a disaster for the North London side, given the winger's rise to prominence in recent seasons.
Reports in the English press suggest that the Gunners have offered Walcott a new Â£70,000-a-week deal, with Wenger keen on maintaining the club's salary cap and looking to not spend beyond his means.
However, Walcott, who has just one year remaining on his contract with Arsenal, is looking to use the current exodus at the Emirates as a reason to push for higher wages, and has not yet agreed to sign a new deal.
Wenger confirmed the same and was quoted in today's Sun as having said: "We are still trying to extend his deal."
The Gunners, who lost the duo of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last season as well, have been busy in their attempt to strengthen the squad over the summer, and will be looking to the trio of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla to help them start the new season on the front foot against Sunderland today.
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