Everton's Theo Walcott admits fighting off relegation now a priority for club

Everton star Theo Walcott joined from Arsenal
GETTYEverton star Theo Walcott joined from Arsenal

09 February, 2018

Sam Allardyce revealed how Everton's defeat at Arsenal made him "angry".

And the 28 year-old has started life on Merseyside superbly after scoring two and providing one assist in his three appearances.

Walcott's former global teammate claimed the 28-year-old had been let down by a succession of coaches and hoped his career change would see him finaly fulfill the potential that saw him included in England's World Cup squad at the age of 16.

'I don't go this far normally, but it was nearly super-human, ' said the Toffees boss. Manager Sam Allardyce's first month in charge appeared to have been successful as he guided the club away from the bottom three, but a run of just one win from their last eight Premier League games has left them in contention for the drop.

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Allardyce's recent form is concerning, and whilst he will nearly certainly get until the end of the season to prove himself as Everton manager, Silva's availability means that Allardyce isn't safe on his 18-month contract - especially with results and performances less than impressive.

The Toffees were dismantled in North London, as Aaron Ramsey's hat-trick - as well as goals from Laurent Koscielny and Gunners debutant Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - handed Arsenal a thumping win. The Everton January signing will be eager to build on his brace in midweek, when he takes on his former club for the first time on his return to the Emirates Stadium.

"He could have gone back to his hometown club Southampton, who were our big rivals, but the challenge he sees at Everton - can he get Everton to where they want to be? - he would help in that".

Allardyce then took Walcott off to a rousing ovation from the home fans, with the score 4-0.

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