Emirates Stadium boss makes bold statement.
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will not sell Theo Walcott in January.
That means the club could face losing Walcott, 23, for nothing in the summer as the England international’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Walcott would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January if a new deal is not agreed.
Talks over a new contract have stalled and asked if the winger would be sold if negotiations continued into 2013, the Arsenal manager replied: “No.”
Walcott rejected a five-year deal worth £75,000 a week in August, and has indicated his future may rest on whether he plays in a striking role.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Whilst it’s clearly a positive sign that Arsene Wenger has so publicly stated Arsenal’s unwillingness to sell attacker Theo Walcott the Frenchman may face something of a storm if the North London club ends up opting to cash-in on the 23 year old in January.
Arsene Wenger would like to keep hold of the England man, who has now netted nine goals this term and is by some distance the club’s top scorer, but if Walcott steadfastly refuses to sign any contract put in front of him then Arsenal risk losing a player of real quality for nothing in the summer.
The Gunners are a financially prudent club who are unlikely to allow such a free transfer deal to take place and Wenger has put a great deal of pressure on himself by stating so strongly the path he hopes Arsenal will take.
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