After a very impressive season and qualifying for Europa League football, Everton manager Ronald Koeman is looking to strengthen his side, and reports claim he’s after two Arsenal players.
According to the Daily Star, Koeman has his sights set on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott as potential replacements for Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is entering the last year on his contract and has been rumoured to be seeking an exit in pursuit of first-team football. Theo Walcott, while losing his starting place thsi season, still has another two years left at Arsenal.
Desipte both players failing to nail down a starting place for the entirety of the season, Oxlade-Chamberlain is believed to be the player most coveted by Wenger and supporters alike. Walcott will have a number of suitors this summer and could be allowed to leave given his lack of activity in recent weeks.
Koeman is expected Ross Barkley to leave this summer, having given him an ultimatum with his contract having 12 months remaining. Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a decent replacement, boasting nine goals scored and created in 16 Premier League starts, 61 successful dribbles and 32 chances created.
Lukaku will be a harder player to replace, but Walcott still scored 10 goals in 23 starts largely as a winger, and has operated as a centre-forward for Arsenal in the past too. Koeman needs a strong squad for the Europa League, but his chances of signing the Arsenal duo this summer appear slim.