Arsene Wenger intends to keep "sharp" Theo Walcott at Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club have no intentions of letting forward Theo Walcott leave in the January transfer window and said he is hoping that the forward can fight for a spot in the first team for the remainder of the season, according to a report on the Telegraph.

Walcott is Arsenal's longest-serving player, but he is due to see his current contract expire at the end of next 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 bad campaign for the forward.

The 28-year-old's movement and composure in front of goal have improved since he joined the Gunners in 2006, but he still lacks the strength to play with his back to goal and the technical accomplishment to link well with others.

Allardyce selected Walcott in his one and only England squad, bringing the Arsenal man on as a second-half substitute during a 1-0 away victory over Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier in September 2016.

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

As a result of his uncertain role in North London, Walcott has was heavily linked with a departure from the Emirates during the summer.

As per reports in the English media this evening, Everton are ready to battle with West Ham United over the signature of Arsenal winger/forward Theo Walcott.

Premier League strugglers West Ham and former side Southampton are both understood to be interested.

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