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Theo Walcott out of 2013 Arsenal calendar

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Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna have both been left out of Arsenal's new 2013 calendar, but manager Arsene Wenger insists their omission is not a signal the club are about to sell the pair, reports the Daily Mirror.

The 23-year-old England international - who is set to return to the Gunners' line-up for tonight's Premier League clash against Everton at Goodison Park - has been locked in negotiations over a new contract for months, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, French full-back Sagna, still has 18 months to run, but it looks increasingly likely that he could be sold next summer, with Inter Milan showing interest in the disillusioned defender.

Speculation about both players' futures has resurfaced following the release of the clubs new A3 calendar, with neither Walcott or Sagna featuring, even though they are first team regulars, with Walcott in particular one of the club's most marketable and popular players.

Wenger remains confident of reaching agreement with the former Southampton starlet, and hopes to tie him to a long-term contract that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future. He also revealed that the club have already opened talks with Sagna.

"We are in talks at the moment. We are hopeful. He had some big injury issues but, with him and Carl Jenkinson, you need two players and we want to keep them."

Despite Wenger's insistence, the decision not to include Walcott and Sagna in the Arsenal calendar has been greeted with suspicion amongst fans of the north London club.

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