Everton signed England winger Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal price a reported £25 million ($34 million, 28.three million euros) on Wednesday.
Walcott had been out of favour with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for a lot of this season and has opted to maneuver to Goodison Park in a bid to kick-start his faltering profession.
The 28-year-old made simply 16 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season and final began a Premier League sport for the Gunners in April.
“There’s something about this move I’ve just felt good about,” Walcott mentioned.
“It felt prefer it was time for me to maneuver on.
“It was unhappy nevertheless it’s thrilling on the identical time and I wish to reignite my profession and push Everton to win issues as they’ve carried out earlier than.
“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.”
Walcott scored 108 objectives in 397 matches for Arsenal in whole since becoming a member of them from Southampton in 2006.
He turns into Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January switch window following the arrival of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.
Speaking final Friday, Allardyce mentioned: “Theo’s not as dangerous (as Tosun) as a result of he’s confirmed. He’s scored 100 objectives for Arsenal from huge positions in addition to many assists.
“His tempo is one in all his key strengths which we lack on this squad. His assists are fairly good in addition to his objectives.
“We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me.”
In an announcement, Arsenal mentioned: “We all thank Theo for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”
Wenger admitted not too long ago that he didn’t need Walcott to go away.
But he mentioned he couldn’t assure the England worldwide taking part in time, which was a delicate situation for Walcott as he tries to win a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia later this 12 months.
Walcott, who has 47 England caps, has not featured for his nation because the pleasant in opposition to Spain in November 2016.
He was infamously referred to as up for England’s 2006 World Cup squad by boss Sven Goran Eriksson earlier than he had even made his Arsenal debut, however didn’t make a single look on the match in Germany.
“I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” Walcott added in what will likely be perceived as a swipe at his outdated membership.
“The membership has gained trophies however I need them to win trophies now.
“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.”