Arsenal Transfer News: Everton Keen on Theo Walcott Amid January Rumours

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Theo Walcott of Arsenal gestures during UEFA Europa League Group H match between Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda) at The Emirates , London 2 Nov 2017 (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)
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Everton have reportedly approached Arsenal about Theo Walcott as they weigh up a bid for the forward during the January transfer window, per Oliver Todd of MailOnline.

Todd noted how new Toffees manager Sam Allardyce is keen to add Walcott's pace to his squad as the Merseyside club is still searching for an adequate replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international left Everton to join Manchester United in the summer, and the failure to replace him doomed the tenure of Ronald Koeman, who was fired in October.

The Dutchman left with the Toffees in the bottom three and had ironically spent most of the summer trying to sign another Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud.

Everton couldn't get a deal over the line for Giroud but may have more success pursuing Walcott. The attacker has recently been told by manager Arsene Wenger he can leave the Gunners in January, according to Daniel Cutts of The Sun.

Wenger has reportedly told Walcott he can move on this winter.
Wenger has reportedly told Walcott he can move on this winter.Michael Regan/Getty Images

It's hardly a surprise exit rumours involving Walcott are growing since he's made just six starts this season, all outside the Premier League. Instead, Wenger has trusted summer signing Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi along the forward line.

An inability to produce goals and assists consistently, along with not having an obvious place in Arsenal's 3-4-2-1 formation, has led to Walcott's declining status in north London, per ESPN FC's Tom Adams.

Walcott's patchy form, as well as his struggles avoiding injury, are a shame since his pace and finishing ability can make him useful for any team.

The 28-year-old's movement and composure in front of goal have improved since he joined the Gunners in 2006, but he still lacks the strength to play with his back to goal and the technical accomplishment to link well with others.

Arsenal have the talent up front to let Walcott go in January.
Arsenal have the talent up front to let Walcott go in January.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/Getty Images

Arsenal have enough depth in attacking areas to let Walcott try to make the grade elsewhere, even if it means selling him to a rival.

Getting a fee for a player on the fringes of his squad and using it to reinforce threadbare options in central midfield would be smart business from Wenger in January.