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Aubameyang to Arsenal? Not going to happen, says Wenger

11:23 GMT 05/01/2018
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Borussia Dortmund star has once again been heavily linked with a move to England, but the Gunners boss insists he will not end up at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger has no intention of making a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the January transfer window.

The Gabon international striker has long been linked with a move to England, with several clubs mentioned as possible landing spots.

Everton are said to be weighing up an approach, with Sam Allardyce having conceded that he is looking to bring another proven frontman into Goodison Park.

Wenger, though, will not be joining the chase, with the Frenchman ruling the 28-year-old – who has 21 goals to his name this season – off his winter wish list.

Quizzed about any possible interest at his pre-weekend press conference on Friday, the Gunners boss said: “No, that is not a possibility.”

While distancing himself from one possible incoming at Emirates Stadium, Wenger has also sought to address the issue of one mooted outgoing.

Theo Walcott has struggled for regular game time this season, sparking speculation that he could soon be on the move.

The England international is yet to start a Premier League game in 2017-18 and has seen just 47 minutes of top-flight action.

Wenger, though, maintains that the 28-year-old forward remains part of his plans.

He added: “I want him to stay.”

Walcott has been linked with a return to his roots at Southampton, as a product of the club’s academy system who left for north London back in 2006.

“I heard about that but I want him to stay,” said Wenger.

Walcott has made 395 appearances for Arsenal to date, netting 108 goals.

Slipping out of favour is, however, preventing him from making the most of his supposed peak years, while he has also slipped down the pecking order with England in World Cup year.