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Theo Walcott | Forward | #14

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 150

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Theo Walcott is the latest Arsenal player to have picked up an injury after Roy Hodgson confirmed the forward is a doubt for Saturdays’ friendly in Germany.
Walcott was hoping to use the upcoming England friendlies to cement his place in the European Championship squad following an indifferent season domestically, but the forward now faces a late fitness test after sustaining a dead leg in training. Despite Arsenal having limited options in attack for most of this campaign, Walcott has struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI and the under fire 27-year-old will be concerned following this latest setback with his place in France by no means guaranteed. Roy Hodgson has an array of attacking talent at his disposal with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy both certain to be included while Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck have hit the ground running since their return from injury. Wayne Rooney will also be a part of the 23-man squad. Mar 25 - 4:24 PM

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Arsene Wenger has indicated that Theo Walcott will be evaluated on Saturday ahead of Arsenal's match with Sunderland with the England man still in contention to make the squad.

It sounds a lot like Walcott's upside for this coming weekend will be in a reserve role. If it's Thursday and they're still not sure if he'll be ready to go then it seems unlikely that he's going to be ready to start by Saturday. Expect Arsenal to line up with Olivier Giroud as the center forward with Joel Campbell, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the "attacking three" supported by Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey in the holding spots. Wenger has other options including Calum Chambers over Flamini but that seems like the most likely outcome.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 11:05:00 AM

Theo Walcott is still at least a few weeks away from returning to the Arsenal line-up according to Arsene Wenger on Thursday.

The Arsenal manager revealed that the England forward probably won't return for at least a few weeks meaning that Week 15 is probably the soonest that we might expect to see him with Week 16 probably more likely. That would give him one Premier League match to get himself together before the December 21 showdown with Manchester City comes around. The one hidden benefit of the injuries to Walcott, Ramsey, and Oxlade-Chamberlain, assuming that Arsenal don't drop any points that they should have picked up, is that those players should be relatively fresh for the crowded holiday fixture schedule when the competition gets a little tougher for the Gunners.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 01:54:00 PM

The calf injury that Theo Walcott picked up after coming on as an early substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Tuesday will keep him out through at least the mid-November international break.

Missing two Premier League matches and one Champions League match can hardly be considered a tragic injury. When you consider the absences of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arsenal's opponents - Swansea, Spurs and Bayern Munich - then the news is somewhat worse. Olivier Giroud will continue in the starting role he played against Everton and Sheffield Wednesday with Joel Campbell likely taking the Ramsey/Oxlade-Chamberlain spot on the right of the attack.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 09:55:00 AM

After coming on in the 5th minute for an injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott went out of Arsenal's Capital One Cup match with Sheffield Wednesday in the 15th minute with an injury of his own.

Arsenal's injury crisis seems to be coming early this season. With Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck long term absentees and Aaron Ramsey injured last weekend, the losses of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott will leave Arsenal perilously thin in the attack. If neither Oxlade-Chamberlain nor Walcott can recover in time for the match with Swansea then Joel Campbell may get his first Premier League start of the season.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Theo Walcott's first half header was denied by the outstretched left hand of Manuel Neuer keeping the match scoreless in the first half.

It has been a fantastic back and forth battle that has yet to yield a goal after 40 minutes. Petr Cech was called on to made a number of routine saves as Bayern dominated early. Having fended off the early pressure, Arsenal applied their own as they had the better of the play leading to halftime. Despite all the entertainment the half ended nil-nil.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 03:32:00 PM

England continued to run rampant over Euro2016 qualifying Group E as Theo Walcott scored the only first half goal in the Three Lions' match against Estonia.

The Arsenal forward has come back to form for his club and it has now extended to his form for England. In the 45th minute Walcott latched onto a Ross Barkley through ball in the center of the box and slotted it home. The goal was England's reward for dominating the first half with 69% possession and an advantage of four shots on target to none. England will need to get more clinical as the quality of the opposition grows but for now they are on their way to nine wins in nine qualifiers.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Arsene Wenger fielded a significant number of reserves as Arsenal fell to Dinamo Zagreb on the road 2-1 in the Champions League opener for each team.

The Arsenal manager apparently confused Zagreb with an early-round League Cup opponent and rung in the changes with David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all coming into the starting line-up. The number of changes clearly upset the defensive solidity that Arsenal have enjoyed over their past three matches as they dominated possession but conceded twice despite their opponents lack of opportunities. Arsenal will now have to rebound this weekend in the Premier League against a Chelsea squad who managed a resounding victory in their Champions League match today. Not what the Gunners needed heading into a match they need to win if they are to be considered at the outside of the title race.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 04:47:00 PM

The 2-0 scoreline didn't come close to being indicative of the gulf between the two sides as Arsenal won easily at home.

Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud both scored but it could have been five, six or seven for the Gunners as Walcott and Giroud both managed to miss guilt-edged chances. The home side dominated possession, chances and every other statistical category that you could care to name but they weren't at all clinical in front of goal. Throw in some great Jack Butland saves and all that Arsenal could muster was a Theo Walcott goal from a Mesut Ozil through ball and an Olivier Giroud header from a Santi Cazorla set piece. Arsenal will take the three points and the clean sheet but they will have to be much, much better when the competition improves.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 12:04:00 PM

Theo Walcott ended speculation about his future after signing a four-year contract extension with Arsenal.

With only the upcoming season remaining on his current deal, there was some urgency on both sides to figure out the future. If Walcott hadn't signed then Arsenal might have considered a late August or January sale. With Walcott signed for the next four years, Arsenal will be very picky in the transfer market with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and even Aaron Ramsey all signed long term and able to play in the three primary attacking roles around Mesut Ozil.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 10:42:00 AM

With his deal set to expire at the end of the season, Theo Walcott has reportedly agreed to a new deal at Arsenal.

The talent has always been there but the health hasn't been consistent. Still, Arsenal were interested in signing Theo Walcott to a long term extension and it appears to have happened. If Walcott can return to the form that saw him score 14 goals and provide 10 assists in 2012-13 then the rumored £100,000-a-week, four-year deal will look like a bargain. If he continues to be injured frequently then it will look a little less wise.
Sun, Jul 26, 2015 02:03:00 PM

Theo Walcott fired Arsenal to a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg and a first Emirates Cup title since 2010.

The Emirates Cup is a largely meaningless pre-season trophy but the quality of the sides Arsenal played, Lyon and Wolfsburg, isn't meaningless. That they kept two clean sheets and got two wins while showing off a depth of healthy players at almost all positions should have Arsenal supporters excited for the upcoming season. Petr Cech got his first home start and Mesut Ozil continued his fine pre-season form. Walcott was the man of the match though with a number of chances on both sides of halftime.
Sun, Jul 26, 2015 01:41:00 PM

Another Arsenal transfer target is off the market as Pedro has signed a contract extension with Barcelona that will keep him at the club until 2019.

Arsenal have been linked with a variety of attackers that could be seen as potential replacements for/improvements on Theo Walcott. One of the rumored candidates, Paulo Dybala, will be heading for Turin and Juventus according to an official announcement from the Champions League finalist earlier today. A second candidate also linked to the Champions League final was Pedro but he appears to be off the market as well as Barcelona announced today that he has signed a contract extension through 2019. The contract reportedly includes a €150 million buy-out clause. Doesn't look like we'll be seeing Pedro at the Emirates anytime soon unless the two face off in Champions League action next season.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 02:21:00 PM

Paulo Dybala has spurned reported interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to join up with Champions League finalists and Serie A champions Juventus.

Juventus had been rumored to be the young Argentine's destination for at least a few weeks but the deal was announced by the club on the eve of the Champions League final. The 21-year-old scored 13 goals for Palermo this season and netted them a €32 million fee that represents a €20 million profit over the €12 million they paid to acquire him in 2012. Frequently compared to Sergio Aguero, the Premier League will be poorer for failing to land Dybala this summer.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Theo Walcott had another injury-riddled season that ended on a high note with a hat trick in the finale and the match winner in the FA Cup final.

With his contract situation up in the air, the possibilities for next season span a wide range of possibilities from winning a starting job at Arsenal to being a reserve to being sold to another club. Walcott certainly has plenty of upside if he stays healthy and wins a spot - this a player who scored 14 goals and assisted on 10 more in 24 starts two seasons ago - but his inability to stay healthy and desire to play centrally might see Arsenal decide to sell him to make room for someone more reliable. If something similar to Alexis Sanchez's 16 goals and 8 assists in 34 matches this season is a potential upside if he starts regularly then the downside is a repeat of this season where he was a substitute nearly twice as often as he was a starter.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 09:08:00 AM