Arsene Wenger has played down reports Theo Walcott could be leaving Arsenal in January amidst increased speculation of an impending offer from Juventus and interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool.

 

Walcott is out of contract in 2013 and is holding out on signing a new deal for a larger pay rise, although the Gunners have opened talks with the England international.

 

Arsenal lost Samir Nasri to Manchester City over the summer after having their hand forced as the Frenchman refused to commit his future to the club, and Wenger is keen to avoid having the same thing happen with Walcott.

 

The Sunday People claimed Liverpool are monitoring the situation closely as the prospect of a bid from Juventus becomes more realistic, but Wenger insists the 22-year-old is going nowhere.

 

"We want to keep Theo and he knows that,” Wenger said. “Of course [he earns his money] he works every day and works very hard.”

 

"His attitude is great, I have no problems with that at all."

 

While Walcott has always insisted he envisaged his future remaining at the Emirates Stadium, the Daily Star reported earlier this week the former Southampton winger was holding out for an £85,000 a week deal that Arsenal were reluctant to offer.

 

The possibility of Walcott leaving the Gunners has alerted numerous clubs alongside Juventus and Liverpool, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea all linked with making a move for him either in January or over the summer.

 

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