Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come out and given an update on three of his players being linked with a transfer in January and they will not be happy with what he had to say.
Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere will remain at the Emirates after the transfer window closes according to Wenger.
None of them has started a Premier League game this season and in a world cup year that is not good, all three would welcome a move if given the opportunity, however, Wenger is not prepared to sell any of them.
Speaking ahead of the Europa League game against BATE Borisov, Wenger said,
“I want to keep the squad. We qualified now for the Europa League knockout phase and that means we do not want to reduce the squad.
“We have the League Cup still we are in it. The FA Cup still to come, the Europa League to come, we have the Premier League where we have a big fight to be in the top four.
“You do not want to become weaker. I have to consider the interest of the player. But dominant of that will be the interests of the club.
“If you can combine the two it is even better but first is what is important for the club.”
Walcott is getting desperate for playing time, he knows he faces a race against time to make the England 2018 world cup squad and with the likes of West Ham, Everton and Southampton said to be interested in his services he will be particularly frustrated.
Wilshere looks even less likely to be making the squad and unless he gets a transfer quick he will not be on the plane to Russia.
Giroud has been warned this week by the France national team assistant Guy Stephan that he must play more if he wants to be in the French squad for Russia and Wenger’s comments about him personally will not have gone down too well.
“Giroud has played more minutes than Alexandre Lacazette. So his statement was not absolutely right. Why did he say that? It is not backed by the numbers.
“If he maybe wants to say that he should play more in the Premier League, there he has a case. But competition is competition.
“Players have to make their decisions, I have to make mine. I cannot consider too much the interest of the national team, even if I support France.”
Wenger needs to be careful, he could end up having a squad full of disgruntled players if he is not careful, denying players a world cup opportunity is not the best man management tactic.