Arsene Wenger says England winger Theo Walcott has a future with the Gunners, despite recent transfer rumours
The 28-year-old winger has been linked with his former club Southampton, and with Everton as well, after not being given a whole lot of play time at Emirates Stadium. Although being forced to the sidelines more, Arsene Wenger has insisted that Walcott still has a future with Arsenal, even though many say he is considering a January transfer move.
According to GOAL, the winger has struggled for regular game time in the 2017-18 season and has been limited to just three Premier League appearances thus far this campaign. Walcott has only started one game for the Gunners, when he impressed in the Europa League and scored two goals against BATE in September.
Even though the England star has been linked with a winter move to either Everton or Southampton, Arsenal’s French manager is confident that the 28-year-old has a bright future ahead of him with Arsenal.
“Yes he has a future. He works very hard. He was sick a few weeks ago and after I didn’t change the squad. But overall in training he looks very sharp,” Wenger told reporters ahead of Arsenal’s clash against BATE Borisov on Tuesday.
The Gunners head coach also addressed the issue of injuries. He said everyone is fit for their next Premier League game against Southampton, except for Shkodran Mustafi, who has a minor injury, but he could find himself on the pitch on Saturday as well.
“Everybody is available. There is a small problem with Mustafi from Saturday but everybody else looks alright. He’s got a little thigh problem, but it’s a small one. He could be available for Southampton,” the manager concluded.
Arsenal need those 3 points on the weekend, as they are currently fifth-placed in the English top-flight, which would earn them a spot only in the Europa League again.