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The new Theo? Arsenal eye German starlet as potential replacement for Walcott
Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby is on Arsenal’s radar, amid doubts over the future of Theo Walcott.
England winger Walcott has just a year left on his current contract, meaning the Gunners face losing him for nothing next summer if they do not either get him to agree a new deal or sell now.
Liverpool have been mooted as a possible new home for the 23-year-old if Arsenal do sell.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Whilst Lewis Holtby wouldn’t represent a like for like replacement for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott perhaps this source’s rationale is that the exit of one player could help make way for an alternative. The Schalke man is in the same position as the Gunners star, namely he has one year left on his current contract and is not entirely sure what the future holds for him at his Gelsenkirchen club.
Holtby’s father is English and perhaps that would mean a more likely chance of the youngster being interested in a move to the Premier League. The young German international has been at Schalke for three years but has spent much of that time out on loan though last season he did play more of a part in first team activities and helped Huub Stevens’s side clinch a Champions League berth for the coming campaign.
Wenger will be thinking long and hard about whether Arsenal are ready to hand Walcott a new improved contract, with the England international reportedly looking for a major pay rise, despite not putting in the consistent performances to warrant one.
This could be a case of who blinks first and the clamour to get Walcott to sign a new deal is not on a par with efforts to tie Robin Van Persie to a new contract. Indeed the Gunners have other suitable wide options in the likes of Gervinho and Andrei Arshavin but perhaps more importantly also have impressive youngsters like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi to consider as possible replacements for the 23 year old.
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