Theo Walcott has completed a three-and-a-half-year deal to swap north London for Merseyside and join Sam Allardyce's Everton
Walcott scored 108 goals in nearly 400 games for Arsenal, after Arsene Wenger signed the forward from Southampton
With a FIFA World Cup looming and game-time becoming limited, the English forward felt the time had
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved @Arsenal – manager, coaches, backroom staff, and all the many people at the club that have been part of my family for the past 12 years. 1/2— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) January 17, 2018
2/2 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.— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) January 17, 2018
Walcott admitted he was "sad" to leave the club after spending so many years there, and that Arsenal was "part of his family" in the heartfelt tweets.
The forward, however, specifically thanked the fans for their incredible support over the 12 years.
Following the goodbye tweets from Walcott, Arsenal players past and present sent their good luck wishes to the English international on his new journey.
12 years a Gunner, a fantastic achievement @theowalcott We had some great times together, especially celebrating against Spurs Good luck to you and the family with the new challenge! pic.twitter.com/4XB4RH9tbR— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) January 17, 2018
Speaking to Everton's official club website Walcott said: "
Furthermore, Walcott stated his ambitions for his new team: "t
So with fan-favourtie Walcott now gone, and Alexis Sanchez seemingly following suit this week, it could be a busy end to the month for the Gunners as they attempt to re-build their depleted squad.