DONE DEAL: Walcott completes Everton switch

Theo Walcott has completed a £20m move from Arsenal to Everton.

The 28-year-old has ended his spell with the Gunners almost 12 years to the day since he moved from Southampton for £5m as one of the hottest properties in English Football, and earned himself a shock England callup for the 2006 World Cup.

The winger, who has always harboured a desire to play more centrally, has made 397 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 108 goals. Last season was one of Walcott’s most prolific, netting 19 times in 37 appearances, just two goals shy of his career best of 21 back in 2012/13.

However this season has been a challenge for the winger, he has failed to start a single game in the Premier League, and was only afforded start’s in Arsenal’s cup ties.

He now moves to Everton having signed a three-and-a-half year deal.

Speaking to the Everton website, 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.”

The winger had also attracted attention from Southampton and West Ham.