Arsenal are reportedly keeping one eye on Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, as club chiefs try and sort out the immediate future of Theo Walcott.
With Walcott entering the final year on his current contract, and with no deal yet to be agreed, inevitable question marks have sprung up regarding his future.
As it stands, the Gunners face losing him on a free next summer, and reports in the Mirror claim that Arsenal may cash in on the 23 year-old and move for Holtby.
Holtby, who is half-English, but has represented Germany at national level finds himself in a similar contract wrangle to Walcott, and could well be on his way out of Schalke.
“I like it at Schalke. I will give my best in training and the manager will decide if I am a first team player,” the 21 year-old is reported as saying.
While he doesn't offer the same blistering pace as England star Walcott, Holtby is a tricky technician and can operate on the flank or in the middle, an attribute which could give Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a number of options.
Holtby has been on the cusp of regular international football, and while he didn't make the squad for the recent 2012 European Championships, he is fully expected to be a star in the future.