Arsene Wenger: 'I want Theo Walcott to stay at Arsenal'

Wenger: 'I want Theo Walcott to stay'
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Arsene Wenger intends to keep Theo Walcott out of Southampton's clutches this month, insisting that he 'wants him to stay' at Arsenal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is keen to retain the services of Theo Walcott, amid strong rumoured interest from former club Southampton.

The Saints are said to be preparing a January bid for the England international, who is understood to be willing to take a pay cut in order to gain playing time elsewhere ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Despite using Walcott for just a combined 50 minutes in the Premier League this season, though, with all five of his appearances coming from the bench, Wenger does not want to lose the versatile attacker.

"I want him to stay," he told reporters. "I heard about [the Southampton rumours], but personally I want him to stay."

Walcott has also been used eight times in the Europa League and EFL Cup, scoring four goals and setting up two more for his teammates.

Theo Walcott in action for Arsenal in December 2017
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