According to Sky Sports, Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott has completed a medical and agreed personal with Everton ahead of a £20million move to Merseyside.
Former club Southampton were also reportedly interested in signing the winger. However, it seems that the 28-year-old will be plying his trade on Merseyside in the near future.
Surplus to requirements at Arsenal
There is no question that Walcott is surplus to requirements at Arsenal. The fact that he has failed to start a Premier League game this season illustrates that perfectly. He was a regular in the cup competitions in Arsene Wenger’s fringe teams.
Walcott has not looked like a regular starter for Arsenal for a long time. In fact, he has spent much his Arsenal career just fighting to be a first choice player. This season it seems like he has finally lost that fight.
Theo needs the move
Looking at it from the player’s point of view, maybe he has stayed at Arsenal a bit too long. He has not developed into the player that many thought he would and his career has stagnated in north London.
For some reasons that has happened to many players at Arsenal in recent years. Players have become complacent. They have not been pushed to develop and achieve more. That is part of why the Gunners have struggled for success in recent years.
Walcott has talent. He is quick and a decent finisher, but he is the sort of player that needs to be playing week in and week out. He was not going to get that at Arsenal this season.
That meant he had very little choice than to move on. Playing regularly for a club like Everton could well put the forward back on the radar of the England boss Gareth Southgate.
Walcott is currently 8/1 to make the Three Lions squad for Russia 2018. Those odds will massively shorten if the forward gets regular games and puts in good performances for the Toffees.
Good move for everybody
The move is a good one for everybody. Arsenal get a player surplus to requirements off their books, Walcott hopefully gets regular first-team football and Everton gets a talented player with fresh motivation to succeed in a place at the World Cup.
In short, Theo Walcott has been a decent servant to the Gunners. However, he never quite lived up to his billing and I am sure most Arsenal fans will wish Theo well at Everton.
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