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Arsene Wenger reacts to Theo Walcott, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rumours

Will one jet-heeled forward be replaced by another at the Emirates in January?


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out the rumours linking Theo Walcott with a move away from the Emirates and reports of a January swoop for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Wenger was asked about the situation regarding winger Theo Walcott at his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday, to which he responded, “I want him to stay”.

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Waclott’s former club Southampton and Everton, among others, are reportedly chasing the jet-heeled winger and Wenger admitted he had hear of the rumours but insisted he wanted the Englishman to stay at the club.

After Alexandre Lacazette’s summer arrival, Walcott has found playing time limited and is said to be keen on a move to a club where regular football is guaranteed, especially with the 2018 FIFA World Cup less than six months away.

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Dortmund’s wantaway striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been eyed by most of Europe with some reports suggesting that the Gabonese was interested in moving to North London but Wenger emphatically denied the reports as he stated “No, it is not a possibility”.

So far, Arsenal have made just one signing, of 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, in the transfer window so far but with plenty of time till the deadline (January 31), the Gunners may yet spring a surprise. The young centre-back is not expected to stay in England, however, as Wenger has confirmed the would want the defender to get some first-team experience out on loan, preferably in the Bundesliga.

Currently the Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League and their hopes of a league title are practically over,  but they are expected to make a deep run in the FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League both.