In Focus: Walcott not interested in leaving Arsenal

According to the Daily Star, Theo Walcott is not interested in leaving Arsenal this summer, even if the Gunners secure the signature of AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar.

What’s the story?

Having scored 19 times in all competitions for Arsenal last season, Walcott could be forgiven for thinking that he will have a key role to play with the club during the 2017-18 campaign.

The 28-year-old’s future is said to be in severe doubt, however, amid reports that Lemar could sign for Arsenal before the end of this summer’s transfer window.

Walcott, who has never made it as a centre-forward, started 23 of Arsenal’s 38 Premier League matches last season, whilst he was handed the captain’s armband on a number of occasions, especially in the second half of the campaign.

Should Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil remain at the Emirates Stadium this summer, however, Walcott could again find himself on the bench next season.

Are there suitors for the Englishman?

According to the Daily Star, West Ham United want to sign Walcott for £20m this summer, but the Englishman is not interested in leaving his London club.

The 28-year-old has lost his place in the England set-up since Gareth Southgate took charge, and it would be fair to assume that Walcott needs a regular run of games next season to stand a chance of securing a spot at the 2018 World Cup.

It is reported that Walcott, who is valued at £17m by transfermarkt.co.uk, would rather stay and fight for his spot at Arsenal, with the attacker desperate to prove himself during the club’s pre-season preparations.

West Ham would be able to offer Walcott a guaranteed first-team position during the 2017-18 campaign, whilst it is understood that a number of other Premier League clubs are closely monitoring developments as the August kickoff nears.

The former Southampton youngster would not be short of interest should be decide to leave, but it seems that the Englishman is confident in his ability to thrive with the Gunners.

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