Arsene Wenger offers blunt view on Theo Walcott's future, Everton and West Ham chasing deal

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been linked with Everton and West Ham this week.

James Husband of Norwich City tackles Theo Walcott of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2017 in London,...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told The Telegraph that the club are not willing to let forward Theo Walcott leave the club in the January transfer window.

The Gunners have seen Alexandre Lacazette thrive this season, and with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez still at the club despite their expiring contracts, Walcott has barely featured this season.

In fact, the 28-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game this season, making just three substitute appearances to a total of 47 minutes in what has been a terrible campaign for the forward.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2017 in London, England.

Speculation now unsurprisingly surrounds Walcott's future ahead of the January transfer window, with The Sun firstly reporting that West Ham United and former club Southampton are interested in signing him.

The Daily Mail then reported that Everton have already enquired about a deal for Walcott, with new manager Sam Allardyce keen to reunite with the former England winger at Goodison Park.

Walcott has been with Arsenal for almost 12 years, but with virtually no chance of making the England World Cup squad, it may be time for him to move on play regularly elsewhere.

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was asked about the situation earlier today, and he seemed to suggest that Walcott won't be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium, despite his lack of playing time.

Wenger has told The Telegraph that Walcott still looks sharp in training and has been unlucky with the form of others, before claiming that Arsenal intend to keep him next month.

“He works hard to come back - he had a sickness a few weeks ago – and after I didn’t change the squad,” said Wenger. “In training he looks sharp and he will show that.”

When asked if Arsenal were planning to keep Walcott in January, Wenger offered a blunt response, merely stating: “yes”.

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