Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners to Target Victor Moses If Theo Walcott Leaves

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

WIGAN, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13:  Victor Mosses of Wigan Athletic takes a shot at goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Norwich City at the DW Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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According to reports in Metro and the Daily Star, Arsenal are considering a potential move for Victor Moses. The Wigan Athletic starlet is seen as the ideal replacement for Theo Walcott, should the England winger fail to land a new deal.

The potential fee for Moses would be around £12 million. The young wide forward is a rising talent, certainly capable of making the move up to a top four club.

A powerful and pacey player, Moses possesses plenty of trickery on the ball. He has the ability to routinely beat defenders, but has yet to add goals to match his skill.

Moses gets into plenty of shooting opportunities, but needs to show more assurance and quality in front of goal. He has the attributes to flourish in Arsenal's fluid style of play.

Moses has the acceleration and quickness on the turn, to be more prolific, if he can be encouraged to vary his movement more often. He must learn to play more like a free-roaming forward, rather than as a traditional winger.

He has the strength, straight-line speed and direct style, to be more of an asset through the middle than Walcott. Moses played on the right for Wigan, so he could easily slot into Walcott's position.

Doubts persist about Walcott's intentions, in the wake of Robin van Persie's refusal to sign a new contract. Walcott is also in line for a new deal, but the 23-year-old has often failed to reach the levels of consistency needed to realise his full potential.

Despite slightly improved production during the last two seasons, Walcott still remains very much a hit-and-miss performer. Chelsea are said to be interested, according to the Daily Mail. If Arsenal do lose Walcott, Moses would make a more than adequate replacement.