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

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger looks on as Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott takes a throw-in during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and

"I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club and if you can combine the two it is better still, but first is what is important for the club". The two would nearly certainly combine well and play off each other's unique qualities where movement, positioning and runs are concerned.

'I have to consider the interest in the player, but dominant of that will be the interest of the club.

Walcott has been unable to recapture his form in the past and is looking unlikely to force his way into Wenger's Premier League starting eleven. I have to consider the interest of the player.

Wenger said: "When you pick a team you do not necessarily look how long a contract is".

Arsenal have already progressed to the Europa League knockout stages and host Belarus' BATE Borisov in their final group game later on Thursday. "I haven't started yet", he said.

"I can give you the example that Giroud has played more minutes than Lacazette".

Asked if he would keep the Englishman in January, however, Wenger said: "Yes". "Why did he say that? There he has a case, but competition is competition". Whether it be the two assists against Manchester United two seasons ago or his contribution in last season's 3-0 win over Chelsea where he played on the right-hand side, Walcott has always managed to produce when it matters and even more so when people doubt his qualities. However, Wenger praised the pair for their attitude and ability to cope with the lack of opportunities. "And if you're fluid enough, you can be flexible enough and have enough players interchanging and going forward".

He could join a number of Gunners players heading out the door in January, with Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson all potentially departing on permanent or loan deals.

It's clear for all to see that Walcott has a big decision to make over the coming weeks. "And in the squad this season, more than ever, I can not see any weakness in anybody's motivation and quality in training".

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