With reports of Theo Walcott following Robin van Persie out of the Emirates building up a head of steam, Arsenal are starting to make contingency plans in the case of the winger’s exit, with Wigan Athletic winger Victor Moses currently their primary target.
Walcott, like Van Persie, has only 12 months left on his contract at the North London club, and has stalled on talks over a new contract with the Gunners after seeing the Dutchman declare his interest in leaving the club.
And with the England international expected to fetch a good price, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is not sweating over the exit of the sometimes hit-and-miss youngster as long as he can find the right replacement.
On top of his wish list is Wigan’s 21-year old starlet Moses, who is expected to leave the Premier League strugglers after insisting that he will not sign a new contract at the DW Stadium. Moses has been attracting interest from the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool thus far, with Arsenal ready to swoop in ahead of their rivals for the talented Nigerian.
Latics manager Roberto Martinez and club chairman Dave Whelan however are keen on keeping hold of Moses, and have tried to put off prospective buyers by slapping a £12 million price tag on the winger.
Arsenal however could afford that amount if Walcott does leave, with Moses expected to jump at the chance to join the Champions League side.