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Wilshere advises Walcott to show patience in search for central role

Jack Wilshere has some words of advice for Theo Walcott.

Former Southampton youngster Walcott is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, but Arsene Wenger has ruled out selling him in the New Year. This means, as things stand, he would be able to quit on a free transfer in the summer.

The crux of the problem, we are led to believe, has nothing to do with the amount of money Walcott expects from a new deal, but his desire to be given a central attacking role. At the moment, French striker Olivier Giroud has this position, and as he continues to impress, there is no sign of this changing.

However, midfielder Wilshere is eager to see Walcott stay at the Gunners, and has advised the 23-year-old to remain patient and wait for his big chance.

"He is an English lad and great to have around the dressing room," said Wilshere.  "But that is up to him, the boss and the board. They are going to do whatever they are going to do. I hope he signs. We all know what Theo brings to the team.

“He has got pace, he can go behind and his movement and timing is probably the best around. He play anywhere - up front, right, left, central. He wants to play down the middle, so I think he will get his chance - he will just have to be patient."

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