Does swap deal make sense for Everton and Arsenal?

A dejected Theo Walcott of Arsenal looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser fifth round match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2013 in London,...

Everton are reportedly interested in Arsenal's Theo Walcott.

Everton's Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye leaves the pitch after being sent off for a second bookable offence during the English Premier League football match between Everton and...

The Daily Mail reported today that Everton have enquired about signing Arsenal winger Theo Walcott in January.

The 28-year-old hasn't started a Premier League game under Arsene Wenger this season and the Frenchman might well sanction his move if the deal is right.

And one way that Wenger could make the deal a good one is by asking for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye in a swap deal for Walcott.

A dejected Theo Walcott of Arsenal looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser fifth round match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2013 in London,...

Gueye has not had the best of seasons at Goodison - who has? - but he was brilliant under Ronald Koeman last term and Wenger, according to The Sun, was interested in signing the 28-year-old in the summer.

New Everton boss Sam Allardyce will surely look to shape the squad in his image during January and Gueye is not an archetypal Allardyce midfielder. At 5,7, he is not a Mo Diame, a Cheikhou Kouyate or a Steven N'Zonzi, who they are linked with after the English manager brought him to Blackburn.

Idrissa Gueye of Everton and N'Golo Kante of Chelsea battle for possession during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2017 in London,...

He is, however, a player who the Gunners could use in their central midfield, with Granit Xhaka looking less like a £35 million player every time he pulls on the shirt.

The Swiss is by no means a bad footballer, but he does not shield Wenger's often-shaky defence in the way that Gueye would.

  PositionTeamInterceptionUnsuccessful TouchDispossessedBall RecoveryDuel WonTotal TackleWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Idrissa Gueye MF Everton 28 13 15 130 100 54 41 15 1,283
Granit Xhaka MF Arsenal 13 18 10 100 62 25 20 15 1,300

The money from Walcott's prospective sale won't make a huge difference to Arsenal and Wenger should instead ask his old foe if he would be willing to part with the Senegalese midfielder.

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