The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club will have no other option but to sell the star midfielder Theo Walcott if he does not sign a new contract with the club before January.
The former Southampton winger is out of contract at the end of this season. Due to the fact that he will turn 24 years of age before the end of the season, Arsenal will not be getting any fees for his development. This means that Arsenal will be facing the prospect of letting the player rated at £ 20 million leave for nothing. It is something that does not make financial sense according to the Arsenal manager.
A number of clubs are thought to be interested in the 23-year-old England international, with Liverpool set to be leading the chase. Theo Walcott has made it clear that he would be moving to the club where he will get opportunities to play as a striker not as a winger. In the few matches that he has played as a striker, Theo Walcott has left a huge impression. Yet, Arsene Wenger has stood by his policy of not starting players who are out of contract at the end of the season.
“Hopefully, [as] I told you many times, we can sort this situation out very soon. Very soon is before the end of December – one way or another, that is for sure. My desire is to keep Theo and we will do what’s needed to keep him. I don’t want to go into any details but you can believe me [that] we do the maximum we can to keep our best players,” said the Arsenal manager ahead of the match with Fulham during the weekend. Arsenal will be coming on the back of a disappointing 2-2 draw with Schalke in the midweek action.