Theo Walcott was a divisive figure for much of his 12-year spell at Arsenal.
Having arrived at the London club as one of the most promising young talents in England, it’s reasonable to say most of the Gunners faithful are of the view he never lived up to his potential.
Walcott left the Emirates for Everton last January with almost 400 senior appearances and 108 goals to his name, yet only two FA Cups to show for his efforts.
The 29-year-old produced his most prolific season during the 2012-13 campaign in which he scored an impressive 21 goals across all competitions.
That’s not bad for a winger-cum-striker whose inconsistent end product was a cause of great frustration for supporters throughout his time in an Arsenal shirt.
Persistent injuries - especially later on in his period in north London - also hindered his ability to secure a regular first-team role, and so it was hardly surprising when he opted to trade the capital for Merseyside after more than a decade of service.
Walcott certainly didn’t join the Toffees in pursuit of winning his first Premier League title, but then again, his new side can’t be accused of setting low expectations for themselves.
Everton have spent close to £350 million in the transfer market over the past three seasons - an investment that has seen the likes of Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Pickford arrive at Goodison Park.
Guided by the tactical nous of manager Marco Silva, Walcott believes Champions League football could soon return to the blue half of Merseyside for the first time since 1971.
When asked about his aims for this season, he told evertontv, via Sky Sports: “Me personally, I'm hoping for a top-four finish, I really am. I've set my goals really high.
"I'm a positive guy so I genuinely think we're going in the right direction.
"You need to be realistic as well and think maybe that's a bit too far-fetched, but I think sixth is reachable.
"We just have to start turning those draws into wins, it's as simple as that.
"We're not far off, I really don't think we are. I think you can judge us fairly when everyone is back fit.”
FANS REACT TO WALCOTT
You can’t fault his ambition, that’s for sure.
But rather unsurprisingly, comments like that from an ex-Arsenal player who’s finished fourth six times in his career have given rise to some ridicule from fans…
Everton are currently 11th but just four points adrift of sixth place after stringing together consecutive victories against Fulham and Leicester City.
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