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Arsenal's Walcott - Huntelaar dilemma

Walcott New Season

Will bringing Huntelaar to Arsenal mean they lose Theo Walcott?

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is Arsenal's top striking target this January, with conflicting reports changing daily as to his future at Schalke. His expiring contract makes him a top target and sources close to the player have indicated he prefers a move to England rather than Spain or Italy.

Arsenal though stumbled on both a solution and a dilemma for their striking crisis on Monday, when they played Theo Walcott through the middle where he impressed against Reading.

Walcott is said to be holding out on signing a new contract until he gets assurances over whether he will play in the middle or not.

The 23-year-old may actually be being wise to wait and see who Arsenal sign in January before committing.

For if Arsenal buy Huntelaar, Walcott's chances in the centre will greatly diminish, with Oliver Giroud also providing competition along with the versatile Podolski.

Arsenal will not want to lose Walcott, but buying Huntelaar may mean just that.

At the same time, there is still every chance Walcott could walk away regardless, and the chance to sign a top striker, whether it be Huntelaar, Ba, or Llorente, must be taken as an insurance policy in case Theo decides to leave on a free next summer.

So Arsenal are in a bit of a catch-22, and it looks like the club are going to be left unhappy if Walcott leaves, and the player is going to be frustrated if Huntelaar arrives.

Do they go for the Dutchman and take a chance on Walcott? It's probably the safer move, he is after all proven as a striker, and Walcott is not.

Walcott could still get his chances, but if he chooses to walk away, the mixed successes of players who have left Arsenal through the years shows there is every chance it could be his loss.

What should Arsenal do? How would you address the situation?


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