The Everton manager Sam Allardyce has been totally honest in revealing his desire to take the Arsenal winger Theo Walcott to Goodison Park (which makes a refreshing change in itself) and after two weeks of negotiations the BBC have now reported that the talks are now close to completion and Theo has played his last game for Arsenal. The Mirror is also reporting that Walcott is having his medical today.
The ex-England international has a great record for the Gunners, scoring 108 goals in 397 appearances, including 20 last season, but he fallen out of favour with boss Arsene Wenger and is hoping that regular football up in the North-West may give him a springboard to impress Gareth Southgate and regain his place in the Three Lions team that will be going to Russia in the summer.
Just yesterday Big Sam didn’t sound very confident of landing his man, but he did promise that Theo could play anywhere in the forward line at Everton if he came. “I see him playing anywhere across the front three.” Allardyce said. “but I’m presuming if he’s not comfortable with that, then he will tell us and it won’t happen. That’s if we can get that far.
“I hope we can do it in the next week or two because I think we are still waiting for catch-up on Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy.”
I don’t think it wwould be a good idea for Walcott to try again to be a centre-forward, as that experiment failed miserably at Arsenal, and of course England already have a nailed-on Number 9 in Harry Kane. Get back on the wing, Theo, and show England what you can do!
Good luck and thanks for the years of loyal service to Arsenal.