Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears ready to risk losing Theo Walcott for nothing next summer after declaring the England star will not be sold in the January transfer window.
Wenger ruled out any prospect of cashing in on Walcott in the new year if the deadlock over the 23-year-old's contract talks was not broken before the end of next month. Despite having previously set a deadline of the end of 2012 for an agreement to be reached, Wenger insisted after Arsenal's 5-2 thrashing of Tottenham that Walcott was going nowhere in January.
Asked if the winger would be sold if the impasse continued into 2013, Wenger said simply: "No." Pressed on whether Walcott would see out the season at Arsenal come what may, he replied: "Yes."
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