Why Arsenal's Walcott is better target for Everton than it first seems

Ruben Hill
December 8, 2017

Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny all got on the score-sheet while Denis Polyakov scored an own goal and Olivier Giroud converted a penalty.

Although Arsenal remain one of the favourites to win the Europa League, the presence of exiting Champions League teams Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and RB Leipzig could damage their chances.

The winger has struggled for regular game time in the 2017-18 season and has been limited to just three Premier League appearances thus far this campaign. The England global has been impressive when given the opportunity, but Gareth Southgate is keen for him to play every week in the league.

Jack Wilshere expressed relief at scoring his first goal for Arsenal in two-and-a-half years in the Gunners' 6-0 Europa League win over BATE.

Asked how winning the group would affect his team selection for Thursday's home match, Wenger replied: "Not too much". But these are discussions I have had with the players.

The Gunners' clash against BATE in the Europa League will be their last involvement in Europe until February when the tournament will resume.

Wenger is not keen to weaken the squad with the team fighting on four fronts, but admits that it will be hard to keep all his players happy.

Theo Walcott's career as an Arsenal player could be coming to an end as early as next month, with Everton reportedly making an enquiry about the forward's availability.

Wenger made 11 changes from the side that lost to United in the Premier League, although the starting line-up still boasted plenty of experience.

"We played with a lot of freedom, attacked very well, and defensively we were very solid".

"As a player, they fight and I must say this is a job where you always have to be ready".

"If we are called upon from the bench we have to be ready and support the boys who are playing. In the squad, this season more than ever, I can not see a weakness in anyone's motivation and quality in training", the Frenchman explained.

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