Arsenal should use Theo Walcott as bait to land Loic Remy or Christian Benteke

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Arsenal should use Theo Walcott as leverage to sign either Loic Remy from Chelsea or Liverpool's Christian Benteke.

The winger, who is reportedly considering his future at the Emirates Stadium, was introduced with just six minutes left on the clock during Sunday's draw with Crystal Palace.

And with Remy and Benteke both enduring difficult campaigns, Arsene Wenger should use Walcott as bait to sign two of the league's most underperforming but lethal strikers.


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There was once a time when Walcott was once billed as the next Thierry Henry, but over a decade on from his arrival the jury remains out on the England winger.

The 27-year-old has started just once for the Gunners since January and his minimal contribution of late hints that a parting of the ways could soon be in the offing.

Walcott initially started the season as the club’s number one striker, but the form of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck has thrust him further down the pecking order.

Wenger may opt to strengthen this summer - particularly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost certain to leave Paris Saint-Germain - which would further marginalise the much-maligned frontman's playing time.

He is not even a guarantee to make Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships this summer, and that in itself speaks volumes of the difficult campaign he has had.

Arsenal fans will no doubt clamour for the swagger and stardust that Ibrahimovic provides, but Remy and Benteke would both be big hits at the Emirates.

Chelsea's decision to let Petr Cech join the Gunners means the thought of players moving between clubs is no longer unfathomable, with Remy likely be surplus to requirements when Antonio Conte joins this summer.

The French striker was a huge hit when regularly starting in the top-flight with Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers and, even amid two turbulent years at Stamford Bridge, remains a highly-rated forward.

Benteke, meanwhile, cost Liverpool £32 million last summer and has sunk down the pecking order ever since, yet his 42 goals in 89 games at former employers Aston Villa is proof of his ability in front of goal.

Walcott could hold the key to any potential deals having been linked with both Chelsea and Liverpool in the past, and Wenger should use him in order to land a significant upgrade.

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