Theo Walcott completes move to Everton from Arsenal
The England international has brought his 12-year stay at Arsenal to an end
Everton have completed the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The Merseyside club announced the capture of the 28-year-old England international on their official Twitter feed.
The fee is undisclosed but the Toffees’ second signing of the January transfer window reportedly cost them £20million.
“I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” the England international said on his new club’s website.
“I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be. The manager (Sam Allardyce) is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction.
“Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great and I always used to find it very tough playing here.
“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.
“I’m dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I’m excited again, I really am.”
The move brings to an end Walcott’s 12-year spell at Arsenal, for whom he scored 108 goals in 397 appearances.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved @Arsenal – manager, coaches, backroom staff, and all the many people at the club that have been part of my family for the past 12 years. 1/2— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) January 17, 2018
2/2 I would also like to thank all my team mates I have had the pleasure of playing alongside, but most importantly the fans for their incredible support. I feel sad to leave but also excited for a new challenge. I wish everyone at the club every success for the future.— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) January 17, 2018
Arsenal said in a statement: “We all thank Theo for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”
Everton boss Sam Allardyce has already strengthened his forward line with the purchase of £28million Beskitas striker Cenk Tosun.