Theo Walcott believes he can make more progress by staying at Arsenal instead of going out on loan.
 
The Arsenal youngster was linked with a temporary move away from Emirates Stadium earlier this month but Arsène Wenger insisted that loan deals were not on the agenda despite the Club's exit from the Carling Cup.
 
Speaking exclusively to the Arsenal matchday programme, Walcott explained why he would prefer to stay put.
 
"I don't think there's a reason for me to go on loan," he said.
 
"I want to push myself every day here at Arsenal and try and get in the first-team as often as I can and play well when I'm in the team.
 
"And with respect to other clubs, I train here with some of the best players in the world and that's not going to happen at other places.
 
"My game is obviously going to benefit the most from being around these players. And Arsenal is such a fantastic Club anyway, I just want to show people what I can do here."

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