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Published: 07:16 | 24/4/16

Wenger casts doubt on Walcott's future

Eng;land winger has not started a Premier League game since February

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that out-of-favour England winger Theo Walcott may leave the club this summer.

Walcott has not started a Premier League game since the 3-2 defeat at Manchester United on 28 February and played just four minutes of the Gunners' 2-0 win over West Brom at the Emirates on Thursday.

Asked if Walcott could leave, Wenger replied: "I don't know yet.

"I'm not in transfer mode at the moment, but I think he has gone through a bad spell. He has responded very well, because he said: 'Okay, I will work harder and more.'

"Even when he comes on now, you see he is motivated and focused. Let's see how well he finishes the season now."

Wenger admits the 27-year-old has become frustrated, after falling behind Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck in the Arsenal pecking order, and is desperate for game time as he seeks to secure a place in Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad for this summer's European Championships.

"You have the emergence of a guy like Iwobi. But the players that did not play: Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and I forget a few that weren't even in the squad," Wenger continued.

"All these players will be frustrated, or the guys who go out will be frustrated. [Danny] Welbeck didn't play, [Joel] Campbell didn't play."

Fourth-placed Arsenal lie ten points behind leaders Leicester ahead of Sunday's trip to Sunderland, and Wenger accepts that dropping 17 points at the Emirates has derailed the Gunners' title challenge.

"At home we have dropped points, we have only won 10 games at home and if you want to win the Championship you need to win between 13 and 15," he said.

"We have lost three and we drawn four. On the road we have been good enough. It is quite funny if you look over the 20 years, on the road we have always been good enough – it is always at home where we have a disadvantage compared to the northern teams."

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