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Theo Walcott quits Arsenal for Everton in £20m move due to Sam Allardyce's plans to revive his career

Mirror logo Mirror 17/1/2018 John Cross

Theo Walcott quit Arsenal for Everton after Sam Allardyce convinced him he can revive his career at Goodison Park.

It may seem an unlikely alliance but it was the chance to play for Allardyce and the Everton boss’s enthusiasm that convinced him to leave Arsenal.

Allardyce turned on the charm and was the key factor in Walcott’s decision to move to Merseyside ahead of returning to first club Southampton.

Big Sam told Walcott that he believes he can get back to the top of his game after becoming a periphery figure at Arsenal in the past two seasons.

Allardyce convinced Walcott that he can play through the middle, on the flank and also sees him as a key figure in the dressing room as he looks to rebuild Everton.

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Walcott was still torn last weekend and leaves Arsenal with a heavy heart after winning three FA Cups and forming a deep love for the club. But it was talks with Allardyce since then that convinced him to move on.

Interestingly, former England boss Allardyce picked Walcott in his one and only England squad in 2016 and the 28-year-old has a deep seated respect for Big Sam.

Walcott underwent a medical at Everton’s training ground on Tuesday afternoon after agreeing personal terms with Everton happy to match his £140,000-a-week Arsenal contract.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger actually asked Walcott to stay until the end of the season but it was his desire to play more regular first team football that convinced him to go.

Walcott has never given up on England, loves playing for his country and the chance of playing at Everton may yet push him back into Gareth Southgate’s plans.

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Allardyce outlined his vision for Walcott last week and also says his knowledge of the Everton coaching staff from England days was key.

Allardyce said: “He knows me, he knows Sammy [Lee], he knows Craig [Shakespeare] and he knows Martyn [Margetson, Everton's former England goalkeeping coach].

“At this moment in time he is the right age with the right experience to make an impact on Everton Football Club. With all the experience and knowledge he has gained he should be at the peak of his career.”

Walcott has also seen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave Arsenal in August and thrive at Liverpool thanks to a change of scenery at Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed Jurgen Klopp’s coaching and that will have appealed to Walcott to get his own career back on track.

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