The Arsenal exodus could continue before the close of the transfer window this week, as Theo Walcott's future at the Emirates Stadium remains unclear.

Walcott and the Gunners have hit an impasse in negotiations regarding a new contract, and the England international could now reportedly be sold, with Manchester City and Liverpool interested.

But, if Walcott leaves the club, should Arsene Wenger replace him? GMF says 'yes', and here are five contenders to succeed the 23-year-old on the Arsenal flank…

Ibrahim Afellay - Barcelona


The Barcelona attacker has been linked with Arsenal for some time, particularly when his close friend Robin van Persie was still at the club.

Scott Sinclair - Swansea City

Manchester City failed in an attempt to sign Sinclair this week, but Arsenal could be tempted to make a move for the Team GB star as he has just a year left on his contract.

Daniel Sturridge - Chelsea

Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley has reportedly been keeping tabs on Sturridge for some time, and the Gunners may be encouraged to push through a move should Walcott leave.

Aaron Lennon - Tottenham Hotspur

Lennon is perhaps not a player Wenger would immediately look at, but the Tottenham winger is allegedly available for transfer.

…and Stewart Downing - Liverpool

Ok, so Downing is perhaps the most derided player in England right now, but don't forget Arsenal made a bid of £18 million for him last summer. Could they be tempted to end his Liverpool misery?

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