Theo Walcott claims he had to quit Arsenal after 12 years “to reignite” his career after sealing his £20million switch to Everton.
Walcott, 28, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, revealed former England pal Wayne Rooney played a pivotal role in the transfer.
“I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor, which really tempted me to come to Everton,” he said.
“He told me it was a great place to play football and a club that is on the up. Those are the reasons I came here.
“This is a club with great history. The fans are brilliant, they are always passionate… and I used to find it very tough playing here..
“You want to be part of something and Wayne feels Everton are really going to improve.”
Walcott who has not started a Premier league game since eight months admitted that it feels sad to leave Arsenal after so many years, but he had to do so to reignite his career.
“It felt like it was time for me to move on,” said the England winger. “It was sad, but it’s exciting at the same time.
“I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before.
“I want to be part of something and I feel like this place will offer me that.”
“I was very proud of what I did last season – scoring 19 goals,” said Walcott.
“I want to bring that [scoring form] to Everton Football Club. I want to be part of the attacking force that is here.
“It always comes down to hard work and I think the manager here will get the best out of all the players.
“I just want to play football and enjoy it again. I feel this move will make that happen.
“With Sam coming in, his start was fantastic. There has been a little dip – but that happens and it is how you get out of that which makes you stronger.
I feel like the players have got a point to prove, I have got a point to prove and it is going to get the best out of us, I am sure.
“I feel like I can add value in any of the front-line positions. The manager will pick the team depending on who we play against.
He sees me more on the right, but I can play in any of those positions. A lot of those 19 goals I scored I was playing on the right.
“I think this is going to be brilliant for me. I want to be a part of the atmosphere here and try to build something special. This is a special place to play football and the old traditions are great.”