THEO WALCOTT ended 12 years at Arsenal by leaving together with his belongings in bin baggage.
Everton’s new £20million signing will make his debut towards West Brom at the moment after his Gunners profession landed on the scrap heap.
But the England star, 28, who has not made a Premier League begin this season, diplomatically insisted he holds no grudges towards Arsene Wenger.
Walcott revealed he left the membership he joined as a 16-year-old from Southampton in a rush and in the dark.
However pal Wayne Rooney’s recommendation lit the best way to a brand new Goodison path.
Walcott didn’t even have time to say farewell to any of his Arsenal team-mates, going again to the membership’s coaching floor to seize his gear as soon as his Merseyside transfer was confirmed.
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However the winger, who scored 108 targets in 397 appearances after arriving in North London in a £12m deal in 2006, maintains he’s solely trying forward.
Walcott mentioned: “When I discovered I used to be coming right here I needed to go there at night time and decide up my stuff in bin baggage.
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“To go away was fairly emotional for me. I’ve had so many messages to attempt to meet up with folks. It’s been overwhelming.”
Walcott mentioned of his alternative to maneuver on: “If you’re used to one thing for thus lengthy, it’s an enormous choice to vary issues however I felt it was the best choice to try this.
“In the event you’re not taking part in you’re going to be upset. For no matter cause it didn’t occur this yr. That’s why I’ve moved on.
“However I’ve recognized Arsene Wenger since I used to be 16 and to herald a younger participant like that and have perception in him — I can’t thank him sufficient.”
Walcott, capped 47 instances, can be hoping the change will assist power his method again into Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate’s plans with the World Cup finals developing this summer time.
He added: “I performed quite a lot of soccer with Wayne Rooney and I simply wished to get a construction of how the membership labored and what the gamers are like.
“I obtained a way from Wayne he was hungry, desirous to push on. He felt like this was the best place. It was an extended course of however we’re right here in the long run now.”
Boss Sam Allardyce, who at the moment takes cost of his 1,000th sport as a supervisor, mentioned: “Theo’s obtained targets and for us that’s a vital ingredient.
“The variety of targets he has scored is exceptionally good for a participant from a large place.
“We’re brief in creating and scoring targets in the meanwhile, and it hopefully provides nice firepower to our squad. He’s seen all of it on this league.”