Blow for Everton: Wenger reveals Arsenal's Theo Walcott future

  • Blow for Everton: Wenger reveals Arsenal's Theo Walcott future

Blow for Everton: Wenger reveals Arsenal's Theo Walcott future

Walcott has seen his appearances in the Arsenal first team restricted to just Europa League and Carabao Cup matches this season, with only 46 minutes of game time coming off the bench in the Premier League so far.

Speaking to the media ahead of Thursday night's Europa League clash with BATE Borisov, Wenger simply replied "yes" when directly asked if Walcott will be staying at the club next month.

Walcott is out-of-favour at the north London club, having failed to make a single Premier League start this season.

And Giroud was warned this week by France assistant Guy Stephan he must play more if he wants to keep his place ahead of the finals in Russian Federation. "The shorter the contract is, the more hungry the players are usually".

"He had a sickness a few weeks ago and after I didn't change the squad but in training, he looks very sharp".

For Lazio's trip to Belgium manager Simone Inzaghi could make 10 or even 11 changes from the line-up that won at Sampdoria
Blow for Everton: Wenger reveals Arsenal's Theo Walcott future

But while they have played regularly in cup competitions - and already topped the Europa League group - they have featured little in the Premier League which is concerning the national team managers. You do not want to become weaker. "I can not consider too much the interest of the national team, even if I support France". Now 28 years old and at a crossroads in his career, Walcott has been part of the furniture at Emirates Stadium for over a decade and is currently the club's longest-serving player.

'I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club and if you can combine the two it is better still but first is what is important for the club.

'Yes, we deal with the situations, ' said Wenger. It is not backed by the numbers.

"They have to make their decisions; I have to make mine", Wenger told reporters on Wednesday.

Walcott offers width when operating in his usual role on the right flank, but the Englishman is also versatile and can also play as a striker - another position where Allardyce needs support.