Arsenal have confirmed Theo Walcott has left the club to join Everton on a three-and-a-half-year contract in a deal worth over £20m.

Walcott bids farewell to Arsenal

Walcott bids farewell to Arsenal

The England forward is Sam Allardyce's second big-money capture of this transfer window having already landed Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, the Toffees fighting off competition from Southampton to land Walcott.

The move to Goodison Park brings down the curtain on a 12-year stint at Arsenal, the 28-year-old winning three FA Cups and scoring 108 goals in 397 appearances for the north Londoners during his time at the club.

Walcott leaves due to his game time having been drastically reduced this season, failing to start a Premier League game for the Gunners.

Having been at the club since he was 16, Walcott says it was tough to say goodbye but believes he had to go for the sake of his career.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved at the club – manager, coaches, backroom staff, and all the many people at the club that have been part of my family for the past 12 years," said Walcott.

“I would also like to thank all my team mates I have had the pleasure of playing alongside, but most importantly the fans for their incredible support. I feel sad to leave but also excited for a new challenge. I wish everyone at the club every success for the future."