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Sky Sports reports that Southampton are closely monitoring Theo Walcott’s situation in a view to make a move to secure his services if the Arsenal forward becomes available.
Walcott has become a mere back-up for Wenger at Arsenal and the report suggested that he could consider taking a pay cut to his £120,000-a-week wages to return to Southampton in order to increase his chances of playing in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Wenger is aware about those reports but made it clear that he would like to keep the 28-year-old at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the current transfer window.
“I want him to stay,” Wenger confirmed. “I heard about that [Southampton]. Yes. I have heard about that but personally I want him to stay.