Liverpool transfers: Theo Walcott wants Arsenal stay, says Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to keep Theo Walcott at The Emirates beyond the end of the season
Arsene Wenger says he is confident Liverpool target Theo Walcott will stay at Arsenal beyond the summer.
The England international has been linked with a move to the Reds in recent months as his contract talks with north London side continue to rumble on.
The 26-year-old, who made his return from a long-term knee injury this term, has found his first-team opportunities at Arsenal limited this season.
However, Gunners manager Wenger reiterated his hope that injury-prone Walcott will stay at the club beyond the end of the season.
“We are already talking to him,” Wenger told media assembled at his pre-match media conference.
“When you go into negotiations with a player it is with a desire for him to stay. He looks keen to do it and I am keen to do it, so let’s see what comes out.
“We are always in the mode where we want to be successful. In case of failure, we’ll see. “But in case of failure – that will only be in December next year.”
He has been limited to just three Premier League starts for Wenger’s men and has scored three goals in all competitions.
Walcott has scored 42 goals in 207 Premier League appearances in all competitions following his £10m move to Arsenal from Southampton in 2005.
The Arsenal forward could start against Swansea City in the Premier League at Liberty Stadium on Monday night.