Theo Walcott has joined Everton for a fee of more than £20million after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club. He will wear the number 11 shirt.
England international Theo Walcott was at Goodison Park on Tuesday undergoing a medical and manager Sam Allardyce has had a significant influence on his decision to ignore interest from boyhood club Southampton.
Theo Walcott started his professional career at St Mary’s, playing 23 Championship games before Arsene Wenger brought him to Arsenal in 2006.
In 12 years at the Emirates, he scored over 100 goals in 397 appearances and helped the Gunners win two FA Cup titles.
Speaking to Everton official website, Theo Walcott said: ‘I’m very ambitious and I’ve come here because I want the Club to push to the next level.
‘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. 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 want to be part of something which he’s building and, like I said before, it’s a very ambitious club. The fact there’s a new stadium going to be developing in the next few years, it’s exciting times for Everton Football Club.
‘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.
‘I do really believe that I’m going to give it my all, which is what I always have done, and this place is going to get even more out of me. There’s something about this move which I’ve just felt good about.
‘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.’