Theo Walcott Completes Transfer to Everton from Arsenal

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

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:

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:

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:

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.

Walcott still knows where the back of the net is.
Walcott still knows where the back of the net is.MAXIM MALINOVSKY/Getty Images

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:

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.