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Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal as contract talks continue

Published on Sep 25, 2012 7:34 AM
Arsenal's Theo Walcott (left) challenges for the ball with Sunderland's Carlos Cuellar during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London on Aug 18, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - England international Theo Walcott expressed his desire to stay at Arsenal on Monday although he said he was happy to let contract negotiations with the north London club run their course.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation about his future as he and club officials have been unable to agree on an extension to his current deal which ends next year.

British media reports have said money was the contentious issue with Walcott valuing himself significantly higher than the club did.

"I've never said I wanted to go. I've always said I wanted to be an Arsenal player," Walcott told Reuters at an English Football Association (FA) "Just Play" event north of London.

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