Friday, January 25, 2008


Theo Walcott's recent performances have come under fire but Wenger insists that he is not going anywhere else.Arsene Wenger has no intention of letting Theo Walcott or any other of his Arsenal youngsters out on loan.

The Gunners - who host Newcastle in the fourth round of the FA Cup Saturday - are still smarting from the midweek mauling at arch-rivals Tottenham, as Juande Ramos' men booked their place in the Carling Cup final at Wembley after a resounding 5-1 win.

Walcott started the game at White Hart Lane from a central attacking role, having netted an equaliser in the first leg.

However, the England Under-21 international produced only an average display.

Wenger accepts Walcott, who turns 19 in March, is not where he was expected to be after two years with Arsenal - but maintains "he will get there" following what has been a rollercoaster ride after a big-money move from Southampton and subsequent controversial inclusion in Sven-Goran Eriksson's ill-fated 2006 World Cup squad.

There have been suggestions the Arsenal manager could now be ready to let Walcott, who has battled back to match fitness following a shoulder problem, spend some time away from Emirates Stadium, with Liverpool and Coca-Cola Championship promotion hopefuls Stoke both said to be keen on a loan deal.

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