Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he has previously struggled to persuade Theo Walcott to remain at the Emirates Stadium, according to BBC Sport.
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The Gunners boss is set to open contract talks with the England winger this season as he nears the end of his current deal, though he is unsure he will be able to keep the player as he is no longer guaranteed first choice.
“Walcott was difficult to convince (in 2013) and that is why it took us much time,” he said.
“I always wanted to keep him and I still want to keep him now.
“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.”