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Barcelona will attempt to lure Arsenal star Theo Walcott away from the Ermirates in January.

The winger, who is out of contract at the end of next season, has given no definite indication that he is ready to commit to the Gunners.

The news has alerted Barca boss Pep Guardiola – who is preparing a big-money bid for the youngster.

Walcott is confident he has the skill, pace and firepower to emulate Barcelona star Lionel Messi, playing as a striker rather than as a winger.

The magical Messi, who also started life playing wide on the wing, scored a staggering 55 goals in all competitions for Barcelona last season and has continued in a similar vein this term.

Now Walcott is hoping to get the chance to show that he can make an equally dramatic transition and show what he can do as a leading striker.

Walcott delivered his plea for a career-changing positional change in a heart-to-heart with Arsene Wenger over the summer.

That came as the Gunners under-fire boss voiced genuine fears that his former Southampton whiz kid could join the exodus of big names out of the Emirates.

But Walcott believes the switch could transform him into the sort of player that has had Messi mesmerising central defenders all over the world.

And with teenage new boy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already emerging as a force to be reckoned with on the wing, Walcott has urged Wenger to give him a go with a new role that has considerably enhanced his England prospects.

And this season, Walcott has already caught the eye as a hitman. And he has already scored three goals this season.

He said: “I believe I can give so much more to the team playing up front, with the runs I can make off the ball. And I just love hitting the back of the net as well,”

“At times I feel a bit, if not wasted, then in and out of games on the right. I just want it more and more, having scored a few last season. I’m not a winger and I think plenty of people know that.

“I’ve done OK out there, but I’d love to play down the middle,” Walcott added.

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