Walcott willing to remain with Arsenal after talks with Wenger

ARSENAL winger Theo Walcott appears set to remain at the club for at least this summer following productive talks with manager Arsene Wenger.

Less than a year remains on Walcott’s contract but despite his rejection of a five-year, £75,000-a-week contract on Friday, Arsenal believe he wishes to stay and only a potential offer from Manchester City appears capable of testing both the player’s desire to stay at the club and Arsenal’s intention to keep him.

Wenger and Arsenal are convinced that Walcott wishes to remain with them and it is that that has persuaded them that his sale is not necessary after previously believing that they should consider his departure if a new contract had not been agreed before now.

The England international, 23, is expected to have further talks with Arsenal as the week progresses, with both parties keen to finally settle his long-term future and the club particularly keen to avoid the possibility of him leaving for free at the end of the season.

The potential loss of Walcott would have ultimately represented another major disappointment for Wenger after a year in which Robin van‚ÄąPersie, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Samir Nasri have all left.