Rooney tempted me to move to Everton: Walcott

Everton vs West Brom predictions: Premier League preview, line-ups & football betting tips

The winger sealed a £20m move to Everton on Wednesday, bringing a 12-year association with the Gunners to an end, and could make his debut on Saturday at home to West Brom.

Should they be passed fit then West Brom will be missing just two players, with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and James Morrison (Achilles) sidelined.

Everton will face West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday at Goodison Park. Having lost each of their last four games in all competitions, the pressure will be on Sam Allardyce, and his new signings to improve their poor form and deliver a return on the latest investment.

Alan Pardew picked up his first win as West Brom manager last weekend, helping the club with its first game since August 19.

As for the Baggies, although Alan Pardew's struggling West Brom side may still remain firmly in a relegation battle, Pardew believes that his sides recent improvements will help the Baggies climb out of the bottom three.

Everton's signing of Theo Walcott means Lennon's chances of first-team football with Toffees were slim, and the former Tottenham man will now compete with Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Scott Arfield, Jeff Hendrick and others for a starting XI spot under Sean Dyche.

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This is the first time these sides will meet at Goodison Park in a top-flight match with both sides managed by Englishmen since September 1981, when Everton were managed by Howard Kendall and West Brom managed by Ronnie Allen.

Long-term absentee Ramiro Funes-Mori will continue to sit things out, whilst the Toffees are nearly back to full strength after an injury crisis in the early part of the season.

It's been an injury-plagued season for McCarthy, who was playing only his fourth Premier League game of 2017-18 due to successive knee and hamstring injuries.

"There was a period last season when the starts weren't coming any more", said Walcott, who scored 19 goals last term.

The 28-year-old had failed to find the net in his Premier League campaign this season, making just six appearances for Arsenal this season.

It may have been a quick exit but Walcott knew back as far as April that his days as an Arsenal player were numbered.



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