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Arsenal's Theo Walcott passes Everton medical ahead of move - source

With Theo Walcott looking set to join Everton, the FC crew examine whether a change of scenery can help the out-of-favour Arsenal forward reach new heights.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol has his say as to whether or not Theo Walcott's time with Arsenal has been a success, amid rumours of a potential move to Everton.

Theo Walcott's move to Everton is close to being completed as the Arsenal winger has passed his medical, a source told ESPN FC.

Walcott is set to end his 12-year stint with the club in a £20 million deal that is expected to be announced shortly.

Arsenal's longest-serving player, Walcott has yet to start a Premier League game this season and hopes to revive his career under Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park.

Walcott has scored 108 goals since joining Arsenal from Southampton as a 16-year-old in 2016, but his career has been plagued by injuries and he often struggled to cement a regular role in Wenger's lineup even when fit.

He has only scored more than 10 league goals in one of his 11 full seasons with the club, finishing with 14 in 2012-13.

Last season's haul of 19 goals in all competitions was the second-best tally of his career, but he found himself without a natural role in the team once Wenger switched to a back-three formation.

Walcott is hoping regular playing time at Everton could resurrect his chances of representing England at the World Cup in Russia this summer. Walcott has never played in a World Cup despite being included in Sven-Goran Eriksson's 2006 squad as a 17-year-old.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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