Monday, November 19, 2012
''WALCOTT WILL STAY AT ARSENAL EVEN IF HE DOESN'T SIGN A NEW CONTRACT'' - WENGER
Arsenal Manager has revealed that the club will not sell Theo Walcott in January - even if he does not sign a new contract by Christmas.
Wenger revealed for the first time that Arsenal will keep hold of the 23-year-old until the end of the season, despite the risk of him leaving in the summer for nothing.
The French tactician who was speaking after Walcott started and produced an impressive performance in Arsenal's 5-2 north London derby victory over Tottenham on Saturday, said discussions were 'positive' and that both parties have until the end of December to sort this out.
Asked whether Walcott would be sold in January if an agreement has not been reached, the Arsenal boss said: 'No. Will he stay until the end of the season? Yes.'
Walcott's pace and movement have long been his greatest assets but it is only in the past few months that he has had Cazorla to pick him out.
Arsenal's one-man advantage for 70 minutes of the north London derby skewed this result, masking the home side's defensive fragility and lack of confidence and thwarting Spurs' ability to attack, but Cazorla's talent is befitting of any contest.
Wenger said 'Theo can play both positions (striker and winger). He can play up front and he can play up front with (Olivier) Giroud as well.
I think he has found a good mixture and good positional play on the wing. It makes him difficult to stop.
'It is always good when you can play everywhere. He finished as centre forward (against Spurs) and he scored the (fifth) goal.
'Honestly, when you play with the midfield we have - Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta - in any position they will find you if you move well.' Wenger concluded