Theo Walcott says new deal dependent on striking role

BBC :    Theo Walcott says his future at Arsenal is partly dependent on whether he is selected as a striker in the future.

The 23-year-old, who plays predominantly on the wing, is in the final year of his contract and rejected a new five-year deal worth £75,000 a week in August .

“I’ve been judged, with people saying it’s all about money. It’s never been that with me,” Walcott told BBC Sport.

“Playing up front is important. It’s one of the main factors for me.”

The England international, who signed for £12.5 from Southampton in 2006, has made four appearances in the league this season, but three as a substitute – scoring one goal.

He added: “I signed as a striker. I’ve learnt my trade out on the wing.

“Hopefully, I’ll get to play up front in the next few games. It’s frustrating being on the bench, but it’s one of those things I have to deal with.”