Arsenal Identify Newcastle United Winger as Ideal Replacement for Exit Bound Walcott

Emirates Stadium side prepare move for St James’ Park star.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa has he resigns himself to losing contract rebel Theo Walcott.

The Gunners boss has long been linked with the Magpies attacker and is ready to re-ignite his interest in the in-form wide-man having seen Ben Arfa display a consistent run of Premier League form over the past twelve months.

Arsenal have already frozen Walcott from their first team plans and have handed the youngster just one Premier League start this term and having opened contract negotiations with a number of other players the North London club’s silence over moves to retain the England international speaks volumes.

The Arsenal wide-man looks set to leave the club as the Gunners refuse to meet his wage demands and it’s plausible that the former Southampton man will be sold in January to avoid the 23 year old being picked up for nothing when his contract runs out in the summer.

Ben Arfa came close to moving to Arsenal during his three year stint at Marseille and the 25 year old flair player has seen a return to form over the past year, leading to a recall to the national team.

Though the Newcastle United attacker is said to be happy with life in the North-East he may be tempted by a move to Arsenal where he would link up with a number of his national team colleagues at the Emirates Stadium outfit.

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