Forget Robin Van Persie. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are even preparing for life without Theo Walcott.
In a move that will encourage Gunners’ fans that the team and the manager are truly forward-looking, goal.com has reported that Arsenal might get Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay.
While the report states that Afellay himself prefers to move to Arsenal instead of possible moves to Lille or Inter Milan, it is not a secret that the Dutch talent would be a straight fit for Walcott.
Goal.com quoted Spanish newspaper Sport, saying the the 26-year-old, who featured for Holland at Euro 2012, will push for a move to Arsenal, who are monitoring his availability.
Walcott has one year left to run on his contract and has yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates.
He reportedly earns £65,000 a week and is looking to be brought into line with other England internationals in the Premier League on £100,000 a week.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is also ready to make an official bid for Walcott, 23, while former Blues chief Carlo Ancelotti is keen to take the player to Paris St Germain.
But Brendan Rodgers believes Walcott could become a major star for Liverpool at Anfield.
Either way, Afellay, who cost Barcelona £2.6m when he arrived from PSV in January 2011, could be Asrenal’s answer to the Theo problem.