Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident of contract rebel Theo Walcott staying at the Emirates, as he believes the club has a bright future that the England international will want to be a part of, reports BBC Sport.
The former Southampton forward has been on the periphery at the club due to injury woes limiting his game time on the pitch. He’s thought to want assurances about his future with the club before committing his future to Arsenal, and with Liverpool reportedly keen on his services, Theo Walcott is currently stalling on making a final decision.
Wenger, however, isn’t worried about losing the 26-year-old. While he has just one last year on his deal, the long-serving Arsenal manager is confident Walcott will stay given how well the side have done in the last 18 months. It’s also been nine years since Arsenal brought him to the club, so he would certainly leave with a heavy heart if an offer did come in.
With competition for a starting place in the side, the England man isn’t sure he will be given the chances to force his way back into the first-team, as the likes of Danny Welbeck are now currently struggling, while Lukas Podolski was loaned out. Wenger still believes he will stay.
“I am confident because I believe Theo has a great future. He is just coming back from a very, very difficult injury. Every week he is getting better. Theo is very young and I believe he will have a great goalscoring record in the future because of the quality and intelligence of his game, and therefore I would like him to stay with our club,” he said.
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