According to reports in The Telegraph, Southampton, West Ham and Everton have been dealt a huge blow in their attempts to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott during the January transfer window after Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said he won’t be allowed to leave the club in the New Year.
Well, The Telegraph says that the French boss confirmed prior to the Europa League clash against BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, that he expects the 28-year-old to stake his claim for a starting spot in the Premier League with an impressive performance against the Belarusian outfit.
Walcott has struggled for minutes in the English top flight this season, and he may have been considering leaving the north London outfit in January to boost his chances of playing regularly and reclaiming his spot in the England squad ahead of the World Cup next summer.
According to The Telegraph, the 68-year-old said: “In training he looks sharp and he will show that.”
When he was asked if he would keep Walcott in January, he replied: “yes”.
Having scored an impressive 19 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions last season, the 28-year-old has found first-team football harder to come by this term.
While he has started four of their five Europa League games, he has featured for just 46 minutes in the Premier League and has three goals and two assists in 10 outings in total.
It’s difficult to say.
Wenger wasn’t telling the truth about Alexandre Lacazette’s fitness before the Manchester United clash on Saturday so he could also be covering the truth in this situation, too.
The lack of first-team football in the Premier League suggests that Walcott is surplus to requirements, but if Arsenal are to lose the wantaway Alexis Sanchez in January then there may well be more opportunities in the top flight for the 28-year-old.
The interested trio of clubs certainly shouldn’t give up just yet.