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Theo Walcott reveals Wayne Rooney convinced him to leave Arsenal for Everton

20 January 2018

Following the completion of his transfer to Everton which was worth more than £20m on a three-and-a-half year contract, Theo Walcott has said it felt good to have left Arsenal.

When asked what Rooney had said to him to convince him to join, Walcott replied: "He said all the golf courses are great!"

As well as relaunching his career, Walcott says his aim is to help Everton end their long wait for silverware, believing they have the right man in charge in Sam Allardyce to achieve that particular goal.

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Walcott, 28, appeared on 270 different occasions for the Gunners and brings with him 48 caps for the English national team.

But the former Arsenal man says he's only focused on playing well and getting off to a good start for his new club, not looking forward to possibly being on the plane to Russian Federation.

Speaking about this induction into the Hall of Fame, Allardyce told reporters, "I am thrilled to have reached this memorable milestone and very proud to join some of the greats of football management in the LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club".

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Theo Walcott says Everton's ambition and current direction are among the two biggest reasons he completed his transfer from Arsenal.

He added: "This is a club with great history".

"I want to be part of something and I feel like this place will offer me that". His 19-goal campaign last season was his second-best - he scored 21 in 2012-13 - but Walcott dipped down Arsene Wenger's depth charge and is leaving to pursue regular football.

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"When I found [out] I was coming here (Everton) I had to go there (Arsenal's training ground) at night and pick up all my stuff in bin bags", said the winger.

'There was a club that was interested in me but I do not want to name them.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce was delighted to unveil the latest addition to his squad.

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"Obviously I had a brief spell with the manager with England and I just felt like I wanted more of that and I want to be part of his plans and part of something that felt right". I feel like the players have got a point to prove, I have got a point to prove and it is going to get the best out of us, I am sure.

Theo Walcott reveals Wayne Rooney convinced him to leave Arsenal for Everton