Arsene Wenger says that Theo Walcott is still to offer his best at Arsenal, and will show that in the future.
There had been reports that Arsenal’s longest-serving player could leave the Emirates this summer, after losing his place in the first team.
Walcott has spoken regularly of his desire to play as a central striker, but Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck both appear to be ahead of him in the pecking order.
However, Wenger has issued a strong message that he still sees Walcott as a valuable member of his squad.
“I like that we live in a society where people always want new faces and new names,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“But we forget sometimes the loyalty, cohesion and the long-term phase that is needed in a player to be successful at the club. You need players through the generations and I’m very pleased with him.
“He’s been here for 10 years, that shows as well that he loves Arsenal and I’m convinced he will give us much more in the next five years than the last five.
“Because he is a player who is always moving forward and trying to do better. He has a very positive attitude.”