Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club have no intentions of letting forward Theo Walcott leave in the January transfer window and said he is hoping that the forward can fight for a spot in the first team for the remainder of the season, according to a report on the Telegraph.

Walcott has found himself on the fringes of the first team for some time now and there were suggestions of the Gunners letting him leave the club, with the player himself keen to gain more first team action.

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Walcott obviously wants to participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with the England national team but without playing consistent football, his chances of being picked in the squad by Gareth Southgate are slim.

Walcott has started mostly in Arsenal’s UEFA Europa League matches so far this season and is expected to start again today in the final group match against BATE Borisov.

Wenger said:

He works hard to come back – he had a sickness a few weeks ago – and after I didn’t change the squad. In training he looks sharp and he will show that.

Wenger also believes that Walcott has what it takes to compete with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud for a position in the starting line-up.