Watford striker Troy Deeney admits he's flattered by Arsenal rumours but insists he will not be leaving Vicarage Road in January

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He did hint that he may be considering his future in the summer.

Watford striker Troy Deeney has responded to rumours linking him with a move to Premier League leaders Arsenal by insisting that while he is flattered by the speculation, he is planning to stay at Vicarage Road, The Sun reports.

The 27-year-old had been linked with a surprise £20m move to the Emirates (via The Sun) after helping the Hornets make a fantastic start to life back in the top flight. And while he suggested that he was planning to stick around, he did hint that things could be different in the summer.

"We have a project to complete and the gaffer has stated before that whatever happens in the summer, will happen in the summer," he said, as reported in The Sun.

"It is very flattering. My son is an Arsenal fan so he read it in the paper the other day and I do not think he is happy that I am staying at Watford."

As mentioned, Watford have taken everyone by surprise this season. Quique Sanchez Flores' side sit ninth in the table, and have bagged impressive victories against West Ham and Liverpool along the way. 

And it's been largely down to the partnership between Deeney and Odion Ighalo that the club find themselves so high up the table. The pair have scored 20 of Watford's 25 goals this term, and while the captain's personal tally of six goals is considerably fewer that of Ighalo's, his overall contribution has been critical to the club's success.

As well as his goals and his leadership, Deeney has contributed five assists, and it could be down to whether he can continue his excellent form that determines whether Watford capitalise on their promising start. 

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