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Theo Walcott’s 12 year stay at Arsenal came to an end few days ago when he joined Everton for a fee in the region of £20 million, and he described how he left Arsenal in the night with his things in waste bin bags.
The England international winger who has scored over a hundred goals for the Gunners did not get the legend exit he should have been given but left the club without even getting to say goodbye to his teammates and the staff at the club he had played for since the age of 16.
Walcott completed a move to Everton and in a press conference on Friday described details of his departure from Arsenal’s London Coloney.
“When I found I was coming here I had to go there at night and pick up my stuff in bin bags,” Walcott said. “I’m sure I’ll get some time to go down. I’ve had so many messages to try and catch up with people.
“It’s been overwhelming but I’m slowly but surely going through those messages and I will at some point go back there and say my proper goodbyes.”
When asked what Rooney had said to him to convince him to choose Everton over his childhood club Southampton, Walcott replied: “He said all the golf courses are great!
“I played a lot of football with Wayne and I just wanted to get a structure of how the club worked and what the players are like.
“When you’re used to something for so long, it’s a big decision to change things but I felt it was the right decision to do that.
“I got a sense from Wayne he was hungry, eager to push on. He felt like this was the right place. It was a long process but we’re here in the end now.”
Speaking about his situation at Arsenal before he left and Wenger, he said
“With any player, if you’re not playing you would be upset but you have to dig deep and try to push to get into the position. For whatever reason it did not happen this year, that’s why I’ve moved on.
“I was there since I was 16 and to bring in a young player and have belief in him, like I say, I can’t thank him enough. Now I’ve got a new challenge, a new manager I want to impress and get the ball rolling.”
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