Everton boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the Toffees are in talks with Arsenal over the transfer of forward Theo Walcott, reportedly worth around £20million. Allardyce also dismissed suggestions that the forward could join in a loan deal.
The former England boss said this in his pre-match press conference: “I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo,”
“If that is possible to get over the line, I would be delighted but obviously there is negotiations that are happening at the moment.
“If that can all be sorted out, which is one of the most difficult things to do then that would be a great addition in my opinion to come and join us from an attacking point of view.
“If that is at all possible it would be very nice. But it is not imminent at the moment but some negotiations are going on. It is permanent we are hoping to negotiate. I don’t think there is any chance of a loan.”
Failed to live up to expectations at Arsenal
At 28 years-old, Arsenal fans are still waiting for Theo Walcott to live up to expectations in north London. The forward has scored over a hundred goals for the club in his 12 years with the club. However, he has never quite reached the heights expected of him.
Walcott scored 19 goals in all competitions last season for the Gunners. However, this season the winger has made just five appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side in the Premier League, all of which have come from the substitute’s bench.
The England international has started five games in the Europa League this season and three in the League Cup. However, the cup competitions are where Wenger fields his fringe players.
Walcott leaving best for everybody
It seems to me that Theo Walcott moving on is best for everybody involved. The England international needs to be playing games at his age, not sitting on the bench and making the odd cameo appearance.
Walcott has no doubt failed to fulfil his potential at Arsenal. However, maybe a move elsewhere and regular first-team football elsewhere can revive his career. At the minute, he is out-of-favour and looking like he is surplus to requirements.
This month could be a very big one for Theo Walcott. He faces a decision that could well define his career. Stay at Arsenal and play occasionally or move to a decent Premier League club and actually play football.
Should Arsenal offload Theo Walcott this month?