English Premiership

Wenger wants Theo to stay

2015-04-16 14:36
Theo Walcott (AFP)

Cape Town - Arsène Wenger is confident that Theo Walcott will stay at Arsenal and build a "great goalscoring record".

The England international has been building up his fitness and sharpness since returning from a long-term knee injury and is in contention for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Reading.

"I believe that Theo has a great future," Wenger told arsenal.com.

"He is just coming back from a very, very difficult injury. Every week he is getting better, he is very young and I believe he will have a great goalscoring record in the future because of the quality and intelligence of his game, and therefore I would like him to stay with our club."

Wenger also wants Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky to stay at Arsenal.

"Yes, I think they will be here next season. We’ll sort that out at the end of May," he said. But the manager says it's too early to discuss summer transfer targets.

"I cannot give you any names because at the moment we are focused on achieving our targets until the end of the season," he said.

"Every game is vital now and we just want to focus on our games. We have a massive squad, we have a big, big squad, we have 24 players at the moment and we have players like Podolski, Sanogo and Joel Campbell out on loan.

"So for us it will first be important to prepare well and get the right dimension of the squad and if needed to add what we can add."

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