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Arsene Wenger says he has no intention of selling any of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud in January.
The trio have been recently linked with moves away from the Emirates in recent weeks but Wenger has now ruled out selling any of them.
Wilshere’s contract expires at the end of the season and there are no signs of a new contract forthcoming.
Walcott has 18 months left in his contract and it seems his time at the club is gradually coming to an end. He’s yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season, featuring in just the League Cups and Europa League competitions. The winger is being linked with a move away from the club because of lack of game time but apparently, Wenger isn’t prepared to let him leave in the winger
As for Giroud, he’s currently behind Alexandre Lacazette in Wenger’s pecking order, only managing to play 234 minutes of football so far. His position in the French national team is now under serious threat and he’s been warned by the managers to sort out his situation at Arsenal or risk missing out on the world cup.
The trio know they face the danger of missing out on football’s biggest competition if they aren’t playing regularly but would have to do so at Arsenal as Wenger isn’t prepared to let them leave in the new year.
“I want to keep the squad. We qualified now for the Europa League knockout phase and that means we do not want to reduce the squad,” Wenger said, as reported by the Daily Cannon.
“We have the League Cup still we are in it. The FA Cup still to come, the Europa League to come, we have the Premier League where we have a big fight to be in the top four.
“You do not want to become weaker. I have to consider the interest of the player. But dominant of that will be the interests of the club.
“If you can combine the two it is even better but first is what is important for the club.”
Wenger wanting on keeping the squad together until the end of the season is the right thing to do. Considering we are in the Europa League, the League Cup, the Premier League and with the FA Cup still to come, it would be silly if we weaken our squad by allowing some players leave in the new year.