Walcott’s current deal is set to expire in July 2013, but talks over an extension have reportedly stalled as the England international looks for assurances that he will feature in a more central role in the future.
When asked if the player could leave in January if a contract extension is not agreed, Wenger told reporters: "No. Will he stay until the end of the season? Yes.
"If I listened to the media every day it gets more expensive. We continue in a positive way. We have until the end of December to sort it out.
"He can play both positions. He can play up front, and he can play up front with Giroud as well. He has found a good mixture on the wing. It makes him difficult to stop. He finished as a center forward and he scored.
Walcott has impressed up front in recent performances, opening the scoring in the 2-2 draw with Schalke on Nov. 6 and netting against rivals Tottenham on Saturday, and voiced his opinion that he had proven himself in the role following the 5-2 victory.
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