Five Arsenal Players Who Could Fill A Theo Walcott Sized Gap

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Jun 4, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (15) controls the ball past Ecuador midfielder Carlos Gruezo (23) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With Theo Walcott eyeing a contract that would make him the proud earner of over half a million dollars a month (aka, over 100,000 pounds a week), it only makes sense that Arsenal may have to start thinking about what life would be like without him. The Independent reports that the fee and the ever-watchful eye of Liverpool preparing for life without Raheem Sterling could spell trouble for Arsenal, at least in terms of maintaining their longest tenured player.

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I panicked when I first considered the loss of Theo Walcott. But to pay along the same lines as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez (both making 140,000 pounds) is absolutely ludicrous. The contribution that those two have made for this team is deserving of those wages, but Theo Walcott hasn’t proven anything other than what he did a couple years ago.

He hasn’t proven that he can adjust and be a part of the new Arsenal system and he sure hasn’t impressed enough to be a starter. I was clamoring for him to get played more when he came back from injury but yet again, Arsene Wenger was right, Walcott doesn’t fit in with what Arsenal is doing now and unless he can learn or be content with excessive bench time, I don’t see where he fits in.

Do I want to see him go to Liverpool? Absolutely not. But it wouldn’t be the first time I’d be forced to watch one of my Arsenal favorites suit up with a rival (Cesc Fabregas).

So with that in mind, and assuming Arsene Wenger doesn’t have any notions of pursuing a new winger, let’s take a look at some players in the Arsenal system that can fill the hole that Theo Walcott could leave.

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