Saturday 3 December 2016

Wenger reassures Walcott

Matt Law

Published 07/06/2016 | 02:30

Theo Walcott has received assurance that he has a future at Arsenal Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Theo Walcott has received assurance that he has a future at Arsenal Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Theo Walcott has been assured by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger that he still has a role to play at the club as a wide man.

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Wenger's decision to bid for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy appeared to cast further doubt over the future of Walcott, who did not start a Premier League game after the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in February, and was subsequently left out of England's Euro 2016 squad.

Walcott, however, held talks with Wenger at the end of the season and the pair have agreed that he will mainly compete for a place on the right - rather than as a central striker - next term.

The 27-year-old had pushed for a chance to play regularly through the middle, but now accepts he fits better into Wenger's side out wide and wants to concentrate on trying to make the position his own.

Walcott has three years to run on his Arsenal contract and Wenger does not want him to leave, with Danny Welbeck facing a long spell injured and the club open to offers for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Manchester City and Liverpool had expressed an interest in Walcott. Concentrating on a place on the right also represents Walcott's best hope of winning an England recall.

Vardy has been keeping Arsenal waiting over his decision on whether to move to the Emirates or stay at Leicester, and is now with the England squad in France.

Telegraph.co.uk

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