Arsenal are set to make Theo Walcott available on-loan.

The Daily Mail says a number of Barclays Premier League clubs were contacted yesterday about the prospect of taking the 18-year-old until the end of the season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed his side's Carling Cup defeat had shown him 'who was not ready for the first team' and Walcott could be one of the casualties before the transfer window closes.

Although Wenger maintains that Walcott, who cost £13million as a 16-year-old, can still develop into a top-class striker, his patience snapped after he failed to make an impression in the semi-final second leg at White Hart Lane.