Everton have completed the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Confirmation of the transfer came from the club's official Twitter account on Wednesday, bringing an end to the forward's 12-year spell with the Gunners:
🔵 | Welcome to your new home… https://t.co/7Okf2ItZUv2018-1-17 16:59:31
According to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, the Toffees will pay more than £20 million for the 28-year-old.
After the announcement, Walcott issued a statement on the move via his Instagram account:
Although Walcott has a long affinity with Arsenal, the move felt like a necessary one for the England international. After all, the former Southampton man has failed to start a Premier League game this season.
Walcott enjoyed a fine career at Arsenal, though, and his impact has been a little overlooked, as noted by football writer Jonny Singer:
Jonny Singer @Jonny_Singer
Injuries, poor development, and probably poor management, meant that he was never the player he could have been. But there were brilliant moments, and he was always a good squad player when fit2018-1-16 11:01:05
The summer signing of Alexandre Lacazette pushed Walcott further down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi all getting minutes before him.
At Everton, you suspect he'll play a lot more frequently under manager Sam Allardyce, as the Toffees are desperate for some sort of attacking spark.
Having initially steadied the ship after being appointed, Allardyce has found it tough to get his side scoring goals in recent weeks. As we can see, courtesy of ESPN's Richard Jolly, there have been numerous times in recent matches when they've even failed to test the opposition goalkeeper:
Richard Jolly @RichJolly
Everton shots on target in their last five league games: Chelsea (0-0): 0 West Brom (0-0): 3 Bournemouth (1-2): 1 Man Utd (0-2): 0 Tottenham (0-4): 0 Four shots on target in five games.2018-1-13 20:58:33
Walcott should improve those numbers and will provide a different threat to a team that's been static in the final third as of late.
The forward has always had blistering pace, and his goalscoring record has been decent throughout his career.
Last term Walcott finished the season with 19 goals in all competitions, and he's grabbed three in the UEFA Europa League and one in the Carabao Cup this season.
However, his form has been inconsistent for a while now, and freelance football writer Ell Bretland is unsure whether he's the right fit for Everton:
Ell Bretland @EllBretland
All the pundits are talking about Walcott and his unfulfilled potential. If Everton have ambition we should be buying and playing players with potential not those that failed to fulfil it. #EFC2018-1-13 20:04:19
With regular games, new challenges and a fresh sense of responsibility, Walcott may find a new lease of life at Everton. He will be hungry to do well, as some red-hot form in the second half of the season may prompt a recall to the England squad for this summer's World Cup.
Walcott will still feel as though he has something to offer at this point in his career, and the Toffees will hope to benefit from that.