Theo Walcott wants Arsenal stay and to become legend like Thierry Henry
Last Updated: September 24, 2012 11:06pm
Theo Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal and become a club legend like Thierry Henry after insisting his ongoing contract negotiations are not due to demands for more money.
The England international was linked with a summer move away from Emirates Stadium after entering the final 12 months of his current deal.
Talks over a new contract are continuing to drag on and reports are now suggesting Arsenal will look to sell Walcott in January, with Liverpool again being mentioned as a destination.
But the 23-year-old is adamant he is not seeking a major pay-rise and instead only wants assurances he will be used less as a winger and more as a striker by boss Arsene Wenger.
"Hopefully it can be sorted, because I want to stay, I want to play for Arsenal, I want to try and win things"
Walcott, who has started just one of Arsenal's six games in all competitions this season, is determined to become a hit in North London and thinks he can follow in the footsteps of the iconic Henry.
"It has been a frustrating start for me, because of false speculation about me and the money situation," Walcott told Sky Sports News.
"For me, it has never been about money. It has always been a football decision for me.
"If I had opportunities in the summer to go but if I wanted to go, I would have gone, if it was about money. It has never been that.
"The main factors for me now are I want to start playing up front. That is all it is, really.
"It is not going to happen overnight. My last contract took over six months to do.
"We have only started to come to terms with it. The club have been quite busy with the likes of Robin (van Persie) and Alex Song, and players coming in.
"I am just there now. Hopefully it can be sorted, because I want to stay, I want to play for Arsenal, I want to try and win things.
"I remember when Thierry Henry joined at 22 and the legend he was. Hopefully I can be the legend he was as well in that upfront position."