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Arsene Wenger has apparently ruled out the sale of Theo Walcott this summer.
The England international is reportedly a target for West Ham with the East London club prepared to offer as much as £26m for his services after the Euro 2016 Championship.
But Wenger has revealed he is not considering selling the player and believes we are yet to see the best of the 27-year-old in an Arsenal shirt. Wenger also tipped the forward to be at the Emirates in the next five years claiming his quality is very important for the team.
He said: “I like that we live in a society where people always want new faces and new names, as quoted by the Express.
“But we forget sometimes the loyalty, cohesion and the long- term phase that is needed in a player to be successful at the club. You need players through the generations and I’m very pleased with him.
“He’s been here for 10 years, that shows as well that he loves Arsenal and I’m convinced he will give us much more in the next five years than the last five.
“Because he is a player who is always moving forward and trying to do better. He has a very positive attitude.”
“Theo’s movement off the ball is great, so he depends a lot on the service he gets.
“He has improved his team attitude and tactical discipline a lot. After that, it depends a lot on if we dominate the game and the quality of the balls we get. He is very important in the way he goes behind the defenders.
“That is a quality you don’t find often anymore. It gives us something that is very important in our offensive game.
“This season I feel he has been very important to us and shown he has developed well. He is very intelligent and very motivated as well.”
Walcott has scored 54 goals in as many games for the Gunners since he joined the club in 2006.