Arsenal and England fans have been busy drowning their sorrows in the Football Transfer Tavern, following the news Theo Walcott is set to miss the rest of the season and the World Cup with a ligament injury.
Walcott had looked sharp since his return to the Gunners’ first team at the start of December, having previously missed two months of the season with another injury.
Arsene Wenger had hinted he would no longer need to enter the transfer market following the return of the England man, alongside Lukas Podolski.
But now it seems Wenger will be forced to splash the cash once more, following the news Walcott will be ruled out of action for at least six months.
The 24-year-old is certainly not an easy player to replace.
Walcott offers Arsenal something unique in the way he can play as a central striker, or on either side of a front three, whilst his pace is unmatched by any other members of the Arsenal squad.
With January hardly the easiest month in which to do transfer business, Wenger will have to be shrewd when hunting for a replacement.
It will be interesting to see whether the Gunners boss looks for an out-and-out striker, or a wide man capable of playing either side of a front three to accommodate for the loss of Walcott.
Here at the Football Transfer Tavern, we have been busy compiling a list of five possible transfer replacements for Arsenal to look at this month.
Click on the Emirates Stadium to reveal the 5 Arsenal ‘transfer replacements’ for the injured Theo Walcott.
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