Liverpool and Manchester United on Theo Walcott alert after latest contract saga twist.

Theo Walcott is facing fresh doubts over his Arsenal career.

Walcott claimed on Thursday that he has not yet started talks on a new contract, even though he will only have 12 months left this summer.

Gunners and England winger Walcott has been unable to win back a regular starting place since returning from almost a year out injured, and that is his biggest concern.

The situation has already alerted Liverpool, while Manchester United and Manchester City could both also be interested in the 26-year-old.

Roy Hodgson also warned Walcott it is a “dog eat dog” situation in his England squad, and that he must play regularly at club level to win back his place.

Walcott has not played an international since September 2013 but is in the squad for Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and the Tuesday friendly away to Italy.

Hodgson, speaking said: “That’s the thing about football, isn’t it? If you’re not careful, there’s always someone behind you waiting to take your place. It’s a dog eat dog world, a bit.

“It is an important few months for him. He’s been concentrating on training. We’ve enjoyed having him back. You can see he likes to be with England and enjoys that aspect of his professional football career.

“But he’s got to satisfy a few of his critics and, if you like, make certain a) he stays fit and b) gets his place back as one of the first names on the Arsenal team sheet. When he does that, he might be pushing for a first name on the England team sheet.

“Every time, sometimes through no fault of your own... you can be injured. But then suddenly your position, which had looked very secure, suddenly six months down the line is not so secure. That’s something all footballers learn to live with.

“With England, he’s always been a very good servant. He’s been with me in my three years without necessarily playing the main figure. He’s always been there in the background.

"Whenever we thought we could use him, he’s got injured again.”

Walcott has played down reports that he was demanding too much money and that he's had a bust-up with Wenger.

He branded it “complete nonsense”, tweeting: “There have been no contract talks as yet and my current focus is not on contracts but on doing my best for Arsenal FC.”

Wenger has insisted contract talks HAVE begun and MirrorSport understands Walcott’s biggest concern is getting more regular games rather than receiving a huge rise on his current £90,000-a-week salary.

Arsenal may struggle to give him any guarantees on game-time with strong competition for places, and that may prompt them to consider selling if a big offer comes in.

Source: Daily Mirror

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