Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Wilfried Zaha and Theo Walcott

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IDecember 29, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Arsenal reportedly want Wilfried Zaha to replace Alexis Sanchez, while Theo Walcott is said to be considering a move away in January but would prefer a loan deal.

Manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in the Crystal Palace attacker if Sanchez leaves, possibly for Manchester City, either in January or next summer, according to David Woods at the Daily Star.

Sanchez's future looks increasingly like it lies away from Arsenal, particularly after he scored twice in Thursday's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace but was not congratulated by all his team-mates.

Former striker Thierry Henry told Sky Sports (h/t The Independent) the Arsenal celebrations show there are now divisions within the squad.

A report from TransferMarketWeb (h/t David Wright at the Daily Star) said the Chilean has agreed a deal to join Pep Guardiola's side in January on a contract that runs until 2021.

Meanwhile, the Premier League shows how Zaha may have impressed Wenger:

Premier League @premierleague

Wilfried Zaha has provided three assists in his last two #PL matches against Arsenal https://t.co/MZK3coagCs

The former Manchester United man has shone this season in a struggling Crystal Palace side.

His pace and dribbling ability have seen him torment defenders, and he has also scored four goals in 14 Premier League appearances.

The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke explains how highly he rates Zaha:

Jack Pitt-Brooke @JackPittBrooke

Wilfried Zaha is the best player outside the Big Six isn't he.

Squawka Football showed how he compares with some of his Premier League rivals:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Only 4 players have completed more than 50 take-ons in the Premier League this season: Eden Hazard (76) Arthur Masuaku (54) Wilfried Zaha (53) Andros Townsend (52) https://t.co/qE9hI6sEm9

Arsenal do look destined to lose Sanchez eventually, and while a replacement will be needed, coming in for the talismanic Chilean is a tough ask.

Zaha spent two years at Manchester United, where he failed to impress, before returning to Palace, and there may still be some doubts as to whether he can cut it at the very highest level.

Meanwhile, Walcott could depart in January for either Everton, Southampton or West Ham United, although a permanent move is unlikely due to his high wages, per Charles Watts at Football.London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal warms up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Walcott earns more than £100,000 a week, and he would prefer a loan deal as he feels he is still good enough to play for a top-six club.

The 28-year-old has not made a single start in the Premier League this season but feels a January switch would help put "himself in the shop window as he looks to secure a summer move."

Football editor Tom Marshall-Bailey says it is time for Walcott to leave Arsenal:

Tom Marshall-Bailey @TomMarshall_B

Time to let Walcott go. A chance to get a decent fee out of Southampton given the windfall they've got from VVD and spend it on areas that still need addressing.

Walcott is certainly struggling for game time at Arsenal having slipped down the pecking order, and the time does feel right for him to consider a move away if he wishes to reignite his career.


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