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Arsene Wenger rules out January exit for Theo Walcott as Everton line up move for Englishman

Arsene Wenger rules out January exit for Theo Walcott as Everton line up move for Englishman

London, Dec 7: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has directed that winger Theo Walcott still has a part to play at the club in spite of speculations linking him with a January exit.

According to reports, Everton enquired about the winger who has failed to a starting spot in the Arsenal team this season.

The England international has been restricted to only three Premier League appearances so far this season and has missed the last month with a sickness bug as he has not been included in the Premier League since the begin of October.

It is believed that newly recruited Everton boss Sam Allardyce wants to make a move to sign the 28-year-old in January and is eager to fill the void to discover a striker to fire Everton out of goal scoring crisis after Lukaku's departure.

However, putting cold water to all the speculations, Wenger now has claimed that the 28-year-old will not go anywhere and will remain with the Gunners beyond the January transfer window.

Addressing the media ahead of their Thursday night's Europa League match against BATE Borisov, Wenger nodded 'yes' when he was asked if Walcott will remain with them and also suggested the 28-year-old will be playing against the Belarusian opposition this week.

"Yes , I think he works very hard to come back into it," Wenger said.

"He was sick a few weeks ago. After, I didn't change the squad. But in training, he looks very sharp and I'm sure he'll show that tomorrow."

Walcott joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old for £12m from Southampton as one of England’s brightest talents and since then has made over 250 appearances. He has scored two goals and registered one assist in all competition this season.

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