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Arsenal star offered Southampton escape route

Arsenal & Southampton

It’s almost three months until the January transfer window opens, but the Express on Friday believe that Arsenal and Southampton could be set to do some business.

After a bit of a slow start to the season, Arsenal are up to fifth in the Premier League.

As for Southampton, they are currently 12th in the division.

The Saints continue to struggle with scoring goals in the league. They’ve bagged just five goals in their opening seven games.

With Mauricio Pellegrino looking to add a goal threat to his squad, the Express believe Theo Walcott could leave Arsenal to return to the south coast.

Theo Walcott’s Saints return?

It’s been a long while since Theo Walcott left Southampton to join Arsenal.

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Back in 2006, when Walcott was still just 16-years-old, he moved to Arsenal. The Gunners paid £5m up-front, while Southampton ultimately netted £12.5m for the England international.

Fast forwarding to the present, Walcott is an outsider in Arsene Wenger’s squad.

He’s yet to start a Premier League game, appearing three times as a sub in the top flight.

Walcott, however, has impressed in the Europa League for the Gunners with two goals in two games.

Now the Express report the following:

Southampton are ready to end Theo Walcott’s Arsenal misery and take him back to the club where he began his career.

The former Saints youngster has 18 months left on his current £110,000-a-week Arsenal contract and there are no plans to extend that.

Saints would look to pay about £12-15m for the player who came through their youth system.

On the face of it, this could be a deal which works out well for all parties.

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