According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are unwilling to sell the attacking player this summer, and will resist any offers that come in.
As has been the case at various stages during his career, Walcott has struggled to impress this term, finding himself on the fringes of Arsene Wenger’s squad.
The 27-year-old managed just 28 league appearances this season—of which 15 were starts—and found the net just five times, contributing two assists.
It’s a poor return for a player who ought to be in his prime, and the tabloid note that one or two sides—naming West Ham United—are considering a move to rescue the former Southampton attacker from his Emirates Stadium misery.
While the Gunners appear keen to keep faith with the forward, Roy Hodgson’s patience with the winger-cum-striker’s peripheral role has worn thin, with Walcott omitted from the coach’s provisional squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Walcott was named in the England squad for the 2006 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships, but missed both the 2010 and the 2014 World Cups.