Walcott makes subtle dig at Wenger with praise for Everton boss Allardyce

Theo Walcott has seemingly taken a subtle swipe at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The England international spent 12 years playing for the North London outfit, but decided to take on a new challenge in January by signing for Everton.

Walcott dropped down the rankings at the Emirates, playing just 64 minutes in the Premier League across six substitute appearances in the first half of the season.

Since moving to Goodison Park, the attack-minded player has started three top-flight outings for Everton, and in that time has scored two goals and created an assist.

One of the big issues for Walcott at Arsenal was positioning in the team.

Traditionally a winger, the 28-year-old was often used in wide areas by Wenger, but the player did admit that his preference was to play through the middle as a forward.

At Everton, Allardyce has been flexible with his January signing, and so far, Walcott has played centrally as an attacking midfielder.

During an interview with the club’s official website, the Englishman seemed to launch a sublet dig at his former manager.

“I like to go into training every day and try to be better than the day before. Sam was one of the main reasons why I came to the club. I wanted a manager like that who could get the best out of me.”