18 Jan, 09:00
Theo Walcott completed his switch to Everton on Wednesday and it was “sad” for the star to bring his 12-year spell at Arsenal but insisted he is “excited” for a new challenge at new club.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger signed Walcott in 2006 from Southampton and the forward went on to score over 100 goals in nearly 400 games for the north London club. The England international was quick to pay tribute to Arsenal fans, thanking them for their support over the past 12 years.
“ I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved at 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. I would also like to thank all my teammates 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, he tweeted.
Walcott says he wants to help push Everton to titles and admitted Sam Allardyce convinced him to ignore interest from Southampton to sign for the Toffees.
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