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Arsenal star Walcott declares: 'Competition for place is nice, but…'

Arsenal forward player Theo Walcott has indicated that competition for places at the club can only be a good thing.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has had a productive season so far despite battling injuries. In just nine Premier League starts, the forward has returned five goals and four assists, contributing on average to one goal per Premier League start.

Speaking with Skysports, the England international has admitted that competition for places at the club would be beneficial should Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decide to reinforce his striking options in the January transfer window.

Walcott spoke of the situation: 'To be fair that is for the manager to decide if he wants to go out and buy anyone, whoever will come to the club in January, if not it is going to make the club stronger anyway.

'It is always nice to have competition with players coming in, but January is such a difficult period in the transfer market to get players in, especially the top players. The boss has already said that he is looking for special players and we have got a lot of special players in that dressing room.'

One of the targets that would delight the Arsenal fans is prolific goalscorer Diego Costa. The Atletico Madrid striker has been in phenomenal form for the Rojiblancos this term, scoring 19 La Liga goals in just 16 starts. The Brazilian born striker has a conversion rate of 33%, which is comfortably better than Arsenal’s frontmen Giroud (13%), Nicklas Bendtner (20%) and Theo Walcott himself (15%)

Diego Costa is currently La Liga’s top goalscorer, one ahead of Ballon D’Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo and 11 ahead of arguably the world’s best player Lionel Messi.

Atletico’s top goalscorer has more to his game than just goals, his hold up play, strength, agility and ability to win the ball back high up the pitch is every reason why both Spain and Brazil were in a tug-of-war over his nationality. His £32m release clause is staggeringly low, and should Arsene Wenger activate it, the potential partnership with Theo Walcott is frightening.

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