The Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, who is half-English, is in exactly the same position as Theo Walcott and is free to decide where he will be playing next season. His agent has already revealed that he has received a “very interesting proposal” from an English club, believed to be Arsenal or Liverpool, and he is free to sign a pre-contract in January.
Holtby himself said yesterday: “It will be a decision of the heart,”
“I won’t play around with the club.
“The opportunities are there. My agent has received offers. I’m waiting to make a decision.”
The 22 year-old Holtby was very impressive when Arsenal lost to Schalke at the Emirates last month, and Wenger has suddenly become a big fan of getting players from the Bundesliga so he won’t feel out of place at the Emirates.
If Arsenal lose Theo Walcott, which now seems inevitable, I guess it would only be fair that they gain his replacement for the same price (e.g. ZERO!) but how many Arsenal fans think that Holtby is good enough to replace the England winger?