With the January window looming, transfer rumours are hotting up. These rumours are in particular surrounding contract-rebel Theo Walcott who looks more and more likely to leave Arsenal with each passing day.
Reports suggest that Walcott is unhappy with the Arsenal’s wage offer and also wants assurances that he will be used as Arsenal’s main striker if he signs an extension. How Gervinho has been kept up the pecking order is very much beyond me.
With Wenger’s supposed Christmas deadline creeping up, a host of clubs have been linked with the young Englishman, Liverpool in particular have been long-time contenders with Chelsea and Manchester City also linked.
However the Independant now claims that Manchester United are keen to poke their nose in and bring the Englishman to Old Trafford in January, re-uniting the partnership between Theo and former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.
As we know, Van Persie left Arsenal for United in the summer and there is no doubt a move by Walcott to Old Trafford would spark outrage from Arsenal fans who would have to yet again see arguably their best player leave for the same club in under six months. It is claimed Old Trafford would be his first-choice destination.
On the flipside, Arsenal have recently been linked with Manchester United winger Nani who has fallen heavily out of favour at Old Trafford. Personally I would much rather keep Walcott, but the two rumours have obviously sparked claims of a swap-deal occurring in January.
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Wenger spoke of his regret of player sales in recent years with Walcott essentially the last piece of the once promising team he built a few seasons ago. There is no doubting Arsenal at present are a feeder club, but hopefully they show some resolve to keep our most effective player so far this season. We certainly don’t need yet another huge blow to our morale right now…