I lost love for football at Arsenal, says former striker Theo Walcott

I Lost Love for Football at Arsenal – Theo Walcott

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Theo Walcott says he lost the love for football at Arsenal. Image Courtesy: Getty

Everton winger, Theo Walcott has taken a slight at Arsenal revealing he lost love for football towards the end of his time at his former club.

Walcott slowly started to lose passion for football.

Theo Walcott failed to get regular playing time under Arsene Wenger, and it made him lost his passion for playing any more for Arsenal. Since then, the 29-year old decided to take on a new challenge and joined Everton in the 2018 January transfer window.

The switch to Goodison Park brought down curtains on a 12-year stint at Emirates Stadium. However, Walcott made a considerable contribution to the team as he played 397 matches for the club, scoring 108 goals.

But as everything came to an end, Walcott’s career at Arsenal ended in the saddest possible way. And the player explained what he felt during the last few days at the club.

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Theo Walcott says leaving Arsenal was a tough decision.

Walcott told Sky Sports,

“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 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.”

The forward also revealed leaving Arsenal was one of the toughest decision he had to make.

“[Leaving] was tough, it really was, I can’t lie. When you’re used to something for so long, it’s a difficult decision, but I felt like it was the right one for me. The hardest thing was leaving my family for a certain amount of time before they moved up. That was the missing piece of the puzzle, which only has just sort of kicked into place at the start of this season. It always felt I was a little bit at Arsenal, and a little bit here.”