{
    "title": "Walcott leaves Arsenal to join Everton",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/1\/Theo-Walcott-180117-Unveilling-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>Everton have signed Theo Walcott from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a 3-1\/2 year deal with the forward saying he wants to take the Merseyside club to the next level.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe 28-year-old, who joined Arsenal in 2006, scored 108 goals in 397 appearances but has struggled to hold down a first-team place this season under manager Arsene Wenger.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nNeither club disclosed the transfer fee but British media said Everton paid about 20 million pounds ($27.59 million) for the England international, who completed a medical on Wednesday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I'm very ambitious and I've come here because I want the club to push to the next level,\" Walcott told Everton's website. (www.evertonfc.com). \"And with the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nEverton have won the league title nine times but not since 1987 and their last major trophy was their fifth FA Cup in 1995.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now,\" added Walcott. \"The manager (Sam Allardyce) is very hungry... I've had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWalcott, who was a hot property when he joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006 aged just 16, has made only six substitute appearances in the league this season and has featured in a total of 16 games across all competitions.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It felt like it was time for me to move on (from Arsenal). It was sad but it's exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before,\" he added.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I want to be part of something and I feel like this place will offer me that.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe winger will be keen to re-establish himself as a starter and earn an England call-up for this year's World Cup in Russia. He has made 47 appearances for his country, scoring eight goals.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nEverton manager Sam Allardyce was keen to bolster his attacking line-up and the arrival of Walcott, along with Turkish striker Cenk Tosun who signed for the club earlier this month, will boost their frontline in the second half of the season.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Everton have signed Theo Walcott from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a 3-1\/2 year deal with the forward saying he wants to take the Merseyside club to the next level.",
    "date": "2018-01-18T10:14:20",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Reuters",
    "img_credit": "Theo Walcott \u00a9 Getty Images",
    "category": "Premier League",
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}