Arsene Wenger to tell Theo Walcott he’s free to leave Arsenal in January

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Theo Walcott will be told he’s free to leave Arsenal in January, should a suitable offer come in for the England international, reports claim.

The 28-year-old has been at the Emirates for more than 10 years but Arsene Wenger is ready to offload him as he looks to raise cash for new arrivals.

Walcott is yet to start a Premier League game this season and has been limited to just three substitute appearances. While he has featured in cup competitions, he has grown frustrated at a lack of opportunities and West Ham and Southampton are among the clubs looking to sign him in the winter transfer window, according to the Sun.

Having joined the club as a 16-year-old for £12million, Walcott’s career has stagnated in recent times and Wenger is expected to show him the door should a suitable bid be made for his services. Walcott is not the only player to be shown the door, with Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Calum Chambers all thought to be on their way out in January.

With speculation surrounding the futures of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere – who are out of contract at the end of the season – there could be plenty of new faces coming to north London to replace them. And Wenger wants to raise more funds by cashing in on Walcott.

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