Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Expect Theo Walcott To Join Robin van Persie At Manchester United In January

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Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Expect Theo Walcott To Join Robin van Persie At Manchester United In January

Theo Walcott could reunite with former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie, by joining Manchester United in January. That's the big transfer rumour circling sections of the UK press.

The Daily Star and Metro are just two of the newspapers carrying the story. It is a move that shouldn't surprise Gunners fans and makes sense for a number of reasons.

Firstly, Walcott's well-established connection with van Persie, makes a move to Old Trafford likely. The pair linked well at Arsenal and clearly have a rapport in attack.

Walcott was usually the provider for the prolific Dutchman, during his 37-goal campaign for Arsenal last season. It was a role Walcott relished, as he channelled his runs and delivery into the box to suit van Persie.

The roles were occasionally reversed, with van Persie skilful enough to thread passes that took advantage of Walcott's considerable pace. The chance to rekindle this potentially devastating partnership could be too tempting for United to ignore.

There is also Walcott's connection with Red Devils talisman Wayne Rooney to consider. The two England stars have combined well at international level.

In a role reversal of Walcott's partnership with van Persie, Rooney is selfless enough to set up the youthful speedster. By signing Walcott, United would gain a player who could provide for van Persie and be provided for by Rooney.

That is if Arsenal are willing to sell. The figure quoted by today's reports is £8 million. That would certainly prove useful in January.

There's no question Arsenal currently need an infusion of fresh talent. However, the news that United are preparing to swoop for another star, comes at the worst time for Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman is wounded and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is like an opportunist vulture, hovering over the carcass. Yet that might not be sufficient reason to turn down an approach for Walcott from the English Premier League leaders.

Wenger could collect a fee for a player, he otherwise risks losing for nothing come the end of the season. Walcott has yet to agree fresh terms with Arsenal, amid squabbles over his wages and best position.

Quite how Walcott would reconcile the idea of wanting to play as a central striker, when he is operating wide for United, is another matter.

Then again, it's amazing what bigger wages and the hint of a trophy does to a player's gripes about position. Just ask Samir Nasri.

Arsenal should certainly be seeking a more creative-minded and technically-proficient wide player. They could use the money from Walcott's sale to prompt a much-needed rebuild, starting in January.

However, losing another high-profile first team forward to United, could be symbolically devastating. It would show just how far Arsenal have fallen behind the team they once directly rivalled for major prizes.

Of course that would certainly appeal to Ferguson. He would no doubt savour the chance to make a star out of the inconsistent Walcott.

That's been a personal project Wenger has yet to master. While relations between the once fierce managerial rivals have improved, that's only because Wenger no longer poses a threat.

As things stand, Wenger was more of a threat to United and Ferguson when he managed AS Monaco. Seeing Walcott join van Persie in the red half of Manchester, would just push Wenger closer to extinction.

Yet it will probably still happen anyway.