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Theo Walcott 'will join Chelsea'

Where next for Walcott? (©GettyImages)
Where next for Walcott? (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger has acted in almost unprecedented fashion in the transfer market this year but, regardless of his current and future acquisitions, the summer will be remembered more for potential departures than any arrivals.

The Arsenal captain, Robin van Persie, is out of contract this time next year and has already informed the club that he has no ambition to extend his eight year stay in north London.

Arsenal maintain that they will not sell the 28-year-old this summer, but instead retain Van Persie's services for the duration of his deal, which would allow him to leave for free in 12 months.

In a similar situation is Theo Walcott who, like his captain, has only a year left on his deal but, although the England winger wants to stay with Arsenal, his wage demands are making negotiations tricky.

Chelsea and Liverpool have both been credited with interest in Walcott as doubts remain over his future at the Emirates Stadium and, it would appear, the majority of football fans expect him to leave Arsenal before the close of the transfer window.

GMF took it upon themselves to gather the opinions of football supporters regarding the future of Walcott, and almost 40,000 people responded to register their thoughts.

Of those polled, 65 percent believed that Walcott would not be an Arsenal player next season, with the majority of voters expecting the Southampton trainee to join Chelsea.

Almost 40 percent of fans envisage Walcott moving to Stamford Bridge this summer, joining recent recruits Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar in west London.

Chelsea have already reportedly failed in an attempt to sign Walcott this month, although whether Roberto di Matteo still harbours a desire to sign him following his recent spending spree remains to be seen.

Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, is also reported to be keen to recruit Walcott during the transfer period, and 21 percent of voters expect the Liverpool manager to be successful in his pursuit.

These statistics perhaps serve as stark evidence of how little faith Arsenal fans have in the ability of the club's hierarchy to keep hold of their best players, with previous summers characterised by high-profile exits.

Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri both left the Emirates Stadium last year as the ambition of the club did not match their own, while significantly higher salaries were available elsewhere.

Like those before him, Van Persie has made it clear that his future lies away from Arsenal. But will Walcott be next?

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