Wenger insists Walcott staying put as Gunners could lose £10m

Theo Walcott has notched nine goals in all competitions for Arsenal this campaign, making him the clubs leading scorer and an influential member of the team.

Many know that the Englishman is out of contract in the summer though and he may even sign a pre-contract agreement with another clubs in January transfer window.

However, Arsene Wenger has said that will not be happening and that Walcott will remain an Arsenal player for the foreseeable future. The winger has been dying to play through the middle as a striker, but has not been granted his wish by Wenger this season, which could be a key factor in him not signing a new deal yet.

But, when asked if he could be sold by the club, Wenger said: “No. We continue in a positive way. I told you many times we have until the end of December to sort this out.”

Arsenal cannot afford to let a player of Walcott’s ability go either, especially as he is now one of the experienced campaigners in a young squad. If he leaves, who else might want out? Maybe the likes of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will follow him.

Wilshere himself has highlighted the importance that Walcott is not only a key member of the team on the pitch, but in the dressing room too.

“He is an English lad and he’s great to have around the dressing room. But that is up to him, the boss and the board. They are going to do whatever they are going to do. I hope he signs.” He said.

Arsenal fans have every right to be fed up with their big name players leaving the club and if Walcott is added to that list, then they may really start to question the clubs transfer policy. If they can get a deal tied up soon though, then the Gunners fans can focus on things on the pitch.

They take on Montpellier in the Champions League on Tuesday evening and there is every chance the squad might have just a bit of confidence after that 5-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. They are not still reflecting on the game in February by the way, it actually happened again last weekend.

Walcott is a very good winger, but his finishing has come on a great deal in the last year or so and you never know, he could become the man that scores 20+ goals for Arsenal this campaign.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.