Theo Walcott will hold showdown talks about his Arsenal future, but Arsene Wenger is expected to block any prospective transfer.
Walcott is believed to be concerned over his lack of starting time for the Gunners this season and he will meet with Wenger to discuss his long-term future at The Emirates. The 27-year-old made 15 Premier League starts for Arsenal and scored five times, but he did not start a game after the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in February and was subsequently left out of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.
Even without Danny Welbeck, the former Southampton forward did not make Hodgson’s provisional 26-man squad, while 18-year-old Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has been given the nod. Walcott is believed to be concerned about his lack of progress, but Wenger does want to keep Walcott, according to reports in the Mirror and Telegraph.
The Arsenal chief is planning to make changes to his squad, but Walcott, who has three years left on his contract, is a player Wenger now wants to keep, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs could be allowed to move on.
The injury to Welbeck, which will keep him sidelined for nine months, means Wenger is desperate to keep hold of Walcott, who he was thought to be ready to sell, while Arsenal are also concerned about the long-term future of Alexis Sanchez.
Manchester City are believed to be keeping tabs on Walcott, who will look for playing time assurances from Wenger when he meets the Gunners boss. Liverpool and Chelsea are both long-term admirers of Walcott and if he decides to leave then he will have plenty of suitors both at home and abroad.
Sanchez meanwhile is believed to be “frustrated” with life at Arsenal, according to the reports and only has two years remaining on his contract. New City boss Pep Guardiola is believed to be interested in Sanchez – a player he signed for Barcelona in 2011, but Juventus are also keen.
The 27-year-old has two years left to run on his contract and the Telegraph claim: “A number of Emirates insiders have grown tired of the Chile international turning up late for training and acting selfishly on the pitch.”