Arsene Wenger intends to keep "sharp" Theo Walcott at Arsenal

Theo Walcott of Arsenal in action against Milan Rodic of Crvena Zvezda during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal FC at Rajko Mitic Stadium

Arsenal have already qualified for the knockout phase of the Europa League ahead of the final group game against BATE Borisov and, with three domestic competitions to consider, Wenger does not want to lose any player.

Whether Arsenal are willing to let the forward leave, or if he would be interested in a move to Goodison Park, remain to be seen but it's clear that Allardyce is looking to add to Everton's attacking options when the transfer window opens.

The 28-year-old, a part of the Arsenal fold since 2006, is said to have been offered a route out of North London by near neighbours West Ham United and big-spending Everton. The England worldwide has been sparingly used by the Frenchman this term with most of his playing time coming in the Cup games.

Arsenal, set for a huge summer in 2018, are reducing their wage bill and raising funds to replace the soon-to-depart Alexis Sanchez, 28, and Mesut Ozil, 29, as well as negotiate new deals with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. Now, with the addition of Lacazette, it seems as if Walcott's time in North London is coming towards an end.

However, the attacker has been in and out of Arsene Wenger's starting lineup in North London for several seasons now, with injuries and the presence of more consistent stars having made life hard for Walcott in the English capital.

Having joined the club as a 16-year-old for £12million, Walcott's career has stagnated in recent times and Wenger is expected to show him the door should a suitable bid be made for his services.

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