Last Updated: Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:00
Arsene Wenger said Theo Walcott was given no guarantees as to which position he will be used in when signing his new deal.
The 23-year-old has finally ended months of speculation over his future after agreeing to put pen-to-paper on a new contract at the Emirates, despite interest from several other Premier League clubs.
Walcott was understood to be delaying signing due to his concerns over where he was being deployed, with the England international insisting that his best position is is through the middle.
Although the former Southampton man is the Gunners leading scorer with 14 goals, Wenger has not promised to always use him as a striker, but he does feel the deal extension is a massive boost for the club.
The Frenchman admitted: "Theo is a strong player and also a great person, and the combination of his ability and pace always make him such a valuable asset either from the flanks or down the middle.
"This contract extension now gives us a strong nucleus of ambitious young players who have committed to the club and want to be successful with us as a group."
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