Wilshere tells Walcott to stay as Arsenal chase El Shaarawy and Alves

Dec 18, 2012
Bill Mann

Walcott scores in 5-2 victory at Reading but is coy about his future with the Gunners

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FRESH from helping Arsenal to a 5-2 victory over Reading on Monday night, Theo Walcott was coy over whether he'll be staying at the Emirates beyond this season. The frontman scored the last of the Gunners' goals but despite the euphoria of the night Walcott admitted he and the club are still locked in negotiations over a new contract.

"Talks are ongoing and it's going to be a slow process," said Walcott. "It's taking a long time but hopefully something will happen soon."

The Daily Mail reports that team-mate Jack Wilshere is doing his darnedest to persuade Walcott to stay despite rumours that he is holding out for more money. "I've been working all year on him," said Wilshere. "But that's between Theo, his representatives and the boss but hopefully we can sign him up."

What Walcott makes of the news that Arsene Wenger is after highly-rated AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy remains to be seen. Walcott wants to play up front and may see a move for the Italian as a restriction on his ambitions.

But whatever Walcott makes of it all, it seems that the Arsenal manger is impressed by the bizarrely coiffured 20-year-old who has 14 goals to his name already this season, and according to the Daily Mail he is ready to make an audacious bid for the player in January.

The same paper also reports that Wenger will also make an offer for Barcelona full back Dani Alves. Spanish rag AS reports that the 29-year-old could be on his way to London after falling down the pecking order at the Camp Nou. And with the future of current Arsenal right back, Bacary Sagna, in doubt Alves would be an ideal signing for the Gunners.

The Independent notes that actually signing someone from Barcelona would be something of a coup given the recent traffic heading in the other direction.

Meanwhile there's some extraordinary news from Italy with the revelation that Inter Milan want Marouane Chamakh. CalcioMercato has made the claim, just 24 hours after it was reported that West Ham were chasing the misfiring Moroccan misfit.

Quite why everyone is so interested in a striker who's scored once in his last 25 Premier League appearances remains a mystery, but Inter are believed to be serious in their desire to sign the 28-year-old former Bordeaux star.

Arsenal have been desperate to get rid of Chamakh, said to earn £65,000 a week, but until now they've found takers hard to come by. CalcioMercato says Inter want him as a back-up to Argentine veteran Diego Milito.

The Evening Standard reports that Chelsea will offer Everton more than £20 million in a bid to sign Marouane Fellaini next month.

Fellaini, banned by the FA yesterday for three matches after head-butting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross during Saturday's 1-1 draw, is being chased by Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez. The 25-year-old goal-scoring midfielder signed a five-year contract with Everton only last year but in recent weeks he has made no secret of his wish to seek a fresh challenge.

Arsenal have been linked to the Belgian international but it's claimed Roman Abramovich wants Fellaini to beef up the Blues' midfield - and what Abramovich wants he normally gets - Pep Guardiola excepted.

Finally, the man they call the ‘Incredible Sulk' could be heading back to England if Talksport is to be believed. It reports that West Ham and QPR are "set to do battle" over fractious French frontman Nicolas Anelka after Shanghai Shenhua confirmed talks are ongoing to terminate his deal.

The 33-year-old headed east last year after falling out with Chelsea, but according to Talksport the move has turned sour with Anelka scoring just three times during his Odyssey in the Orient. As a result, Shanghai are willing to let him leave, with spokesman Ma Yue quoted as saying: "The discussion is between the club and himself, I don't know about the specific details. But so far we haven't got the final result."

Apparently both the Hammers and Rangers are eyeing up Anelka for a possible loan move next month.

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Walcott should sign for the loyalty Arsenal have shown him, what is it to a player of his age?.. hardly a risk really and he might end up being on the cusp of a change of direct for the club, his signature will be a shot in the arm that could potentially kickstart a new sense of hope for the club.