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Theo Walcott intends to fight for Arsenal future amid exit rumours


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Theo Walcott intends to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place in the team next season, despite being linked with a move away from the Emirates.

The 27-year-old forward has been a much-maligned figure at Emirates Stadium in recent months having struggled to force his way into the starting XI.

Walcott was overlooked by England manager Roy Hodgson for a place in the Three Lions squad for Euro 2016 and has since enlisted the help of John Terry's personal trainer to maintain his fitness over the summer period.

British media reports had previously linked Walcott with a possible move to West Ham but Jack Sullivan, son of Hammers joint-chairman David, claimed there is no interest from Slaven Bilic's men for Walcott or team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

And Goal understands Walcott has no intention of leaving the club this summer and remains fully focused on claiming a regular starting berth in Arsene Wenger's team next season.

With the club on the verge of signing Jamie Vardy from Leicester, Walcott looks set to face more competition in the forward ranks alongside Olivier Giroud and Costa Rica star Joel Campbell.