Theo Walcott claims that during his struggles at Arsenal he “fell out of love with football” but he has rediscovered the “excitement” at Everton.
He struggled for regular game time under Arsene Wenger towards the end of his time at the Gunners, which saw him land a £20million move to the Toffees.
Walcott scored an impressive 108 goals for Arsenal in 397 appearances bef0re his departure but he admits the final year-and-a-half was “tough”.
“I’m not going to lie, I fell out of love with football for a little bit. Because I had some good performances, but then just didn’t get the chance to play on.
“Scoring over 100 goals for Arsenal is a great achievement for me personally, and then just the last year-and-a-half was tough, I can’t lie. It was really tough, not being able to get into the team, being in and out.
“I just felt I wanted to get the excitement of football again. I didn’t feel like it was going to be at Arsenal then.
“Sam [Allardyce] at the time got in contact, and I felt ‘yeah, this is the right move for me’. I got the buzz and enjoyment back, and I couldn’t be in a happier place to be honest, I’m playing football with a smile on my face. I just love football again.”