Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears ready to risk losing Theo Walcott for nothing next summer after declaring he won't be sold in January.
Wenger ruled out any prospect of cashing in on Walcott in the new year if the deadlock over the 23-year-old's contract talks was not broken before the end of next month.
Arsenal appeared to come close to entertaining bids for Walcott when negotiations over a new deal - to replace the one that expires next summer - stalled during the last transfer window.
And despite having previously set a deadline of the end of 2012 for an agreement to be reached, Wenger insisted after Saturday's 5-2 north London derby thrashing of Tottenham that Walcott was going nowhere in January.
Asked if the winger would be sold if the impasse continued into 2013, Wenger said simply: "No."
Pressed on whether Walcott would see out the season at Arsenal come what may, he replied: "Yes."
Wenger's revelation opened up the possibility ...