Arsene Wenger has admitted that he wants Theo Walcott to remain at Arsenal, but he will not stand in his way if he wants to leave, as reported by Sky Sports.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the Toffees are in talks to sign the player from the Gunners.
Walcott started the recent FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest but has not started a Premier League game this season.
Wenger has said that Walcott may be frustrated at Arsenal because he is not getting any game time, and will look elsewhere for more minutes to try and fight for a spot on Gareth Southgate’s plane to Russia.
Talking at his weekly pre-match press conference, Wenger said:
We will see. We have a good relationship still and I don’t want him to be frustrated or to lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup.
Theo went to the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and we are now in 2018, and he has not been since [back to the World Cup], for different reasons.
Sam Allardyce has made that statement but Theo Walcott is here.
When Arsenal visit AFC Bournemouth on Sunday, the Gunners will be without Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, so Walcott could be in contention to start against the Cherries.