Arsenal Transfers: Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott Replacements Gunners Must Sign
Arsenal FC will no doubt be hurt by the losses of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott.
It is clear that van Persie will be gone from Arsenal in due time (via RobinvanPersie.com). He may return for the final season of his contract if he is not sold before then, but we will be gone in the long term either way.
Now it appears as though Walcott will be departing as well (via ESPN.com). The English winger is in the same situation contractually as van Persie, but he could also be sold.
With the departure of this duo, the Gunners will lose their top two goal scorers and two of their top three assist men.
They have already made some nice moves to patch up those massive holes, including the signing of Olivier Giroud, but more must be done to keep up with others around the Premier League.
Here are some more players Arsenal should target to fill the voids that will be left by RVP and Walcott.
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Arsenal may already be targeting Wigan midfielder/winger Victor Moses, according to the Daily Mail.
Moses is a versatile athlete who can fill a few roles, but he primarily played from the wing for Wigan.
The 21-year-old may not be the biggest star out on the market, but his youth and athletic ability have made him a potential target for multiple clubs.
He was able to achieve success on a poor Wigan team, as he was one of the main reasons they avoided relegation in 2012.
Having said that, Moses could blossom into a star with more talent around him.
Matias Suarez has been a rumored Arsenal target for some time now (via Daily Mail).
However, the move has not yet been made.
Suarez would be an excellent addition to the Gunners' front line, but now they aren't the only club targeting him.
The Anderlecht forward has been reportedly drawing attention from a number of different clubs (via Daily Mail).
He's no Lionel Messi, but the Argentina native certainly has some scoring and passing talent, as evident by his 19 goals and 23 assists last season.
Add on the fact that so many clubs are now bidding for him, and his signing with Arsenal is that much more desired.
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Iker Muniain is trying to become the next great Spanish star.
He may do so while playing in the Premier League in England, however.
The 19-year-old has as much star power as anyone on this list and would be a great long-term signing for Arsenal.
His direct attacking style of play would fit in well for the Gunners.
There is no certainty that he will try to leave Athletic Bilbao, as they advanced to the Copa Del Rey final last year.
However, with all the turmoil going on with their manager, Marcelo Beilsa, nothing is certain (via Goal.com).
If he decides to leave Bilbao, he may head for England, and if that happens, Arsenal should be one of the first in line to try to sign him.
Hatem Ben Arfa
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Another skilled winger makes the list in the French-native Newcastle midfielder/winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
It also noted in the article that Ben Arfa was concerned that he may be devoid of playing time in Stamford Bridge due to Chelsea's signing of Eden Hazard.
This could play right into the hands of Arsenal.
He had five goals and five assists in Premier League play for Newcastle last season and could be a nice replacement on the wing.
In the end, the Gunners may have to decide which of these talented wingers best fits their system.
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Yann M'Vila wouldn't necessarily be a direct replacement for Walcott or van Persie.
But he has expressed direct interest in making the move to the Premier League and specifically joining Arsenal, as he told the Daily Star Sunday.
“I like Arsenal and I like the Premier League but I don’t know what is happening with the clubs, though," M'Vila told the Daily Star Sunday. "But I would be interested in the Premier League—and Arsenal.”
While M'Vila may not be the goal-scoring solution the Gunners are looking for as a replacement, there is no doubt that they could use a defensive midfielder as skilled as M'Vila.
At just 22 years old, he would be another great long-term signing if Arsenal can tie him down, and he would be a great addition of overall talent to replace the talent they will lose.