Fed up Wenger would replace Walcott but wants him to stay

23:00 16 November 2012

Arsenal

Arsenal's Theo Walcott (left) beats Fulham's Steve Sidwell. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsene Wenger admits he’s fed up with losing his best players but says that Theo Walcott will be replaced if he leaves.

The Arsenal winger’s current deal expires in the summer and the manager confessed that contract discussions have not yet progressed.

“Every day I have a discussion about Theo Walcott but not about his contract every day because his agents do that.

“We are trying to get further but at the moment nothing has happened.”

The England international has been constantly linked with transfers to other clubs and would be free to talk to clubs once the January transfer window opens.

Wenger said: “It’s always important to keep your best players but if that should happen we will replace him with another big name, or make another big name.”

But with captains Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie leaving the Emirates Stadium in successive seasons there is growing discontent among supporters that yet another star could be set for the exit door.

Wenger said: “Do you think I’m not fed up? I want them to stay as well.

“What affects me is that our fans are not happy. It doesn’t stop me from doing what I do on the football pitch.

“My biggest desire is to see the fans happy, like the players.

“I believe our fans will be behind us without any problem.”

The murmurings from some sections of the fan base also come from having to endure an eight-year wait for a title.

And as Arsenal sit 11 points of the pace in the race for the Premier League crown, having dropped points in their last two games, the pressure to end that wait will be put under the microscope once again during tomorrow’s north London derby against Tottenham.

“I understand the logic of it,” Wenger agreed when asked if he felt the anxiety of supporters.

“It’s not that the guys are against you as an individual. They want you to win the game and you represent the guy that can make them happy.

“That’s part of it but we haven’t done too badly and we will do again [against Tottenham].

“We have finished every year in a good position.

“Our main target is not to finish above Tottenham. Our main target is finish in the top four.

“It’s important to beat Tottenham as well – [it has] an emotional impact.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

JK Rowling has returned to the world of Harry Potter to explain the origins of teacher Dolores Umbridge.

Read more

You might want to un-see some of these creepy creations.

Read more

It’s deforestation, but not as you’ve seen it before.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger (Pictures: Getty Images)

London derbies are always eagerly anticipated but few more than when Chelsea and Arsenal meet.

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News