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Arsene Wenger wants Theo Walcott to stay at Arsenal

Published on Nov 2, 2012 6:40 AM
Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring against Coventry City during their English League Cup soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London September 26, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted he wanted the unsettled Theo Walcott to stay with the Gunners during the January transfer window rather than sell the England forward.

The 23-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has yet to commit himself to a new Arsenal deal.

Walcott made the most of a rare start this term with a hat-trick in Arsenal's dramatic midweek 7-5 League Cup win over Premier League rivals Reading.

If the player and the Gunners do not come to terms before January, Walcott will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club or leave the Emirates on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season.

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