Arsenal Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Replace Theo Walcott

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 11, 2012

Arsenal Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Replace Theo Walcott

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    According to the London Evening Standard, Theo Walcott has done something remarkable.

    In keeping with his long-standing contract feud with Arsenal football club, the England international has reportedly turned down a generous offer of £75,000 per week.

    The Sun believe Liverpool are among a clutch of clubs who are willing to offer him the £100,000 per week wage packet he wants, so who can Arsenal look at in January to replace him?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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    Last month, The Mirror suggested Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be targeted by Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

    In truth, he's too good for those teams and could well find a home at the Emirates Stadium. He's incredibly versatile as a result of being bounced around on loan by AC Milan, excelling anywhere across the forward line.

    He's played mostly as a striker this season, bagging eight goals and four assists for Saint Etienne in Ligue 1 so far.

    Potential cost: £8-12 million

Bryan Ruiz

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    Fulham have a habit of picking up excellent players, locking them up for the night only to come down in the morning to see they've been stolen.

    Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey left in the same window; it'd be a tragedy if Costa Rican international Bryan Ruiz left in January.

    He's tricky, slight and comfortable in tight spaces, and he plays behind the front man, in a two or out wide.

    Potential cost: £8-14 million

Jose Callejon

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    Jose Callejon is a sparsely used yet effective forward under Jose Mourinho, looking very much at home in his 4-2-3-1 formation.

    He's put in impressive shifts against Ajax, Athletic Bilbao and Real Vallodolid in recent weeks and at 25, needs regular football to shed the opinion that he'll be a backup player all his life.

    Potential cost: £5-7 million

Gabriel Torje

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    Gabriel Torje is currently trying to rebuild his career on loan at Granada after a quick dip at Udinese.

    The burden of replacing star winger Alexis Sanchez with the Zebrette took its toll and a temporary move has seen him reinstate the vigour to his game.

    He plays almost entirely from the right-hand touchline, but his modern game allows him to pop inside and look comfortable anywhere on the pitch.

    Potential cost: £5-8 million

Alex Teixeira

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    Alex Teixeira gets little credit due to the fact that he plays alongside a host of stars.

    The truth, however, is that Shakhtar Donetsk's game wouldn't be so expansive, Darijo Srna wouldn't be so impressive and the attack wouldn't be so balanced if it weren't for this Brazilian's diligent play.

    He combines industry with trickery and doesn't take risks. He plays as a striker, in the No. 10 role or out in his current position of right wing.

    Potential cost: £7-11 million