Date: 8th December 2012 at 9:00pm
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Daily Mail journalist Sami Mokbel has caused a stir among Arsenal fans at the Football Transfer Tavern this morning with news that Arsene Wenger is prepared to block any sale of contract rebel Theo Walcott in January.

The French manager will plead to the club’s hierarchy not to sell Walcott after Mokbel revealed to interested punters that discussion over a new contract had ground to a halt. The 23-year-old turned down a new five-year contract worth £75,000 a week in August leading to a stand-off between the player and the club and there have been no further discussions since then.

With interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City expected in January, it is looking increasingly likely that the England international will leave the club to avoid him departing on a free transfer in the summer.  However Wenger is eager to keep the speedy winger at the club and will make his case to the Arsenal board.

It is reported that Walcott wants to stay at the club but it does appear on the surface that this is just another case of the Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie transfers  in the past with the board trying to recoup as much money as possible in January to the annoyance of Wenger.

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