Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told star forward Theo Walcott that he needs to fight for his place in the squad as he is no longer a guaranteed starter, according to the Daily Star.
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The 25-year-old is set to enter the final year of his deal at the Emirates and Wenger recently revealed that has opened talks to extend his contract.
Previous negotiations between the two dragged on, and Wenger wants to wrap the proceedings up quicker this time.
However, Wenger has told the player that he may face a battle to regain his spot in the side as he continues his comeback from injury.
“The first contacts have been established. We will see how that progresses politically,” Wenger said.
“I always wanted to keep him and I still want to keep him now. Let’s not forget it is 14 months away from the end of his contract.
“I want him to stay and be a regular player and fight for his place but no matter where you go if it is a big club you have to compete for your place.
“We went to Manchester United on Monday night – look at what they had on the bench. Look at what was sitting on the bench at Chelsea v Paris St Germain on Wednesday night.”