Walcott Signs Three-And-A-Half Year Deal
Everton have announced the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal. The England international moves to Goodison Park on a three-and-a-half year deal for a fee of £20million.
The transfer marks the end of 12 years at the Emirates Stadium for Walcott. The 28-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season and moves to an Everton side that has hauled itself from the relegation since the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager.
“I’m very ambitious and I’ve come here because I want the Club to push to the next level,” Walcott told the club’s official website.
“And with the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached.
“I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be.
“The manager is very ambitious and I feel like the Club is going in the right direction.”
“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.
“It felt like it was time for me to move on [from Arsenal]. It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before.
“I want to be part of something and I feel like this place will offer me that.”
For Allardyce this is his second of the winter transfer window following the addition of striker Cenk Tosun. But he beat off competition from West Ham United and Walcott’s former club Southampton who were also interested.
“I am thrilled,” the Everton boss said. “There was a bit of a chase between a couple of clubs but I think after we set out the ambitions of the Club and my ambitions for him he was motivated to come here and refreshed in his mind by the new challenge he can put upon himself.
“He wants to go somewhere where he can be successful. He wants to play every week and really take his career forward again.
“We have looked at the amount of goals, assists and pace that he brings to the side and it is a very good acquisition. There was a lot of shrewd negotiation by the Club in terms of today’s prices and, hopefully, it will prove to be exceptionally good value for money.”
Walcott scored 108 goals in 396 appearances for Arsenal and was number three on the north London club’s list of Premier League appearances. He won two FA Cup-winners’ medals with the Gunners.
Walcott will wear the number 11 shirt for Everton. He had worn the number 14 shirt at Arsenal since 2008-09 but that number has been given to Tosun.