Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal are doing everything they can to keep hold of Theo Walcott, amongst interest from clubs including Juventus in the winger.
Walcott has starred for the Gunners this season, and his assists have had a big hand in helping Robin van Persie hit form that has taken the side back into contention for a top four spot in the Premier League table.
And while Arsenal continue to push the top sides, despite suffering their most disappointing start to a season in over 50 years, the club believes that they will keep hold of their best talent as interest from others poor in.
"We want to keep Theo and he knows that. Of course [he earns his money] he works every day and works very hard," Wenger said.
"His attitude is great, I have no problems with that at all."
Walcott is out of contract at Arsenal in under 18 months, along with van Persie, Johan Djourou and Andrey Arshavin. The club have suffered from players refusing to sign new deals before, with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy both able to leave last summer after holding the club to ransom.
Wenger particularly tried to hold onto Nasri, hoping that the playmaker might stay if the Gunners won a trophy this season, but in the end the board decided it was best to sell rather than letting him go for free 12 months later.
And now, with Walcott and van Persie in particular fielding interest from numerous parties, Arsenal will be keen not to let the Nasri situation happen again and will be hoping to tie down their stars for the long term.
Meanwhile, Arsenal today confirmed the loan signing of Thierry Henry, and Wenger believes that the legend will only add to his sterling reputation on a second stint with the club.
"You cannot take away from people what they have done, and what he has delivered will stay forever. It can just make the statue a bit bigger. Let us hope he will do that," he said.
"Thierry is a world-class player and even at this club a player of that dimension is always very difficult to find, especially at this period of the season. He can just add something more to the team.
"Who would turn down a player of his quality? We have a good spirit in the side and he will add something more, experience-wise, and on the nervy side as well, when we are under pressure."