Arsene Wenger admits there could come a time when Theo Walcott's contract situation may impact on his role within the Arsenal team.
Walcott, 23, is into the final season of his current deal, and as yet negotiations over an extension remain unresolved.
There had been suggestions the England forward - who could potentially sign a lucrative pre-contract agreement with another club in January - would be sold in the last transfer window to avoid him moving as a free agent next summer, which Wenger refuted.
However, the Arsenal manager does maintain should the situation drag on, then he could reconsider how best to utilise the player he signed when only 16 under a media frenzy.
"It can (change selection policy), but at the moment I still hope to extend his contract so at the moment, it doesn't affect me. Of course at some stage...," said Wenger, whose side kick off their Champions League campaign in Montpellier tonight.
"If in April it (the contract) is not done, you can think it wil...