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Theo Walcott | Forward

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 150

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Theo Walcott's return to the starting line-up will likely be put off for another week with Arsenal in desperate need of three points against Burnley.
After dropping points to Hull City and a generally uninspiring start to the season, Arsene Wenger doesn't have many degrees of freedom when it comes to starting his best, and least risky, starting line-up each week. With Walcott not yet a proven commodity it seems most likely that he will hope that the team can build a lead that will allow him to bring Walcott in to the match without risking any points in the standings. The wait continues for Walcott and fantasy managers alike. Oct 30 - 9:19 AM

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While he is certainly no sure bet to start or even enter as a substitute, Theo Walcott has taken a step forward with the news he will be with the team for the match with Sunderland.

Arsenal could certainly use an attacking boost with Mesut Ozil on the shelf for another eight weeks or so. Walcott is certainly not a like-for-like replacement for the German playmaker but there is no doubt that the England international makes Arsenal's attack more dangerous when he is fit. It's hard to imagine Walcott seeing more than 20 minutes if he makes it on to the pitch at all but the good news is that he should be starting again soon even if it isn't this week.
Oct 24 - 1:15 PM

Arsenal supporters may need to wait a little longer before they see a first team return for Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry despite the pair participating in full training this week.

After 9 months and almost 7 months respectively Arsene Wenger will manage a phased return by including Walcott and Gnabry in Fridays’ Under-21 development game against Blackburn Rovers representing another major milestone in their recovery from injury. With 17 games over the next 75 days there will be a host of opportunities with Arsenal hoping to utilise their full squad both domestically and within the Champions League. However Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Danny Welbeck are expected to be included to face Hull with Aaron Ramsey returning to full training next week. Laurent Koscielny [Achilles] is ruled out but his ongoing tendonitis issue will not require surgery.
Source: Daily Mail
Oct 16 - 7:43 PM

Theo Walcott's recover continues from the injury that sidelined him in January of 2014. The current estimate is that he is likely to return sometime around mid-September.

With Arsenal significantly stronger in the attacking roles, it seems likely that Arsenal will be conservative in bringing the winger back. We will certainly have more data soon but if you're looking for a general sense of how many matches Walcott is likely to miss, the date you may want to circle is the September 27 match against North London rivals Tottenham. There is a two week break after the match with City on the 13th and that would be the perfect time to bring Walcott back assuming there are no setbacks.
Aug 6 - 12:32 PM

In his press conference, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ruled Theo Walcott out of Brazil 2014. "The damage was real in the knee so he will have to take the needed time, so let’s not be hopeful that he will go to the World Cup - that is not possible."

Walcott will have his work cut out to be ready for next season. In the mean time, speculation will continue as to who will best replace him in the Arsenal and England teams.
Source: Arsenal
Jan 16 - 7:56 PM

What was originally reported as a one month injury has been changed to an ACL tear according to meaning Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season.

Reports on Sunday and early Monday had indicated that Walcott's injury was only a strain and that he'd likely miss only a month. New reports today on the club's web site have confirmed the worst however and the forward will apparently miss the balance of the 2013-14 season and likely the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as well. With Serge Gnabry showing well against Spurs in Walcott's usual position, Arsenal's need isn't dire but it seems likely that they will need some form of attacking reinforcement in January if they are to make a serious assault on the league title.
Jan 6 - 1:37 PM

Theo Walcott and Arsenal face more uncertainty at the forward position after Walcott went down with a knee issue in Arsenal's 2-0 win over rivals Tottenham at the Emirates.

With Olivier Giroud struggling with minor injuries, Nicklas Bendtner out for around six weeks and Lukas Podolski not an ideal fit for a central attacking role Walcott's potential absence from the line-up is a huge concern. It is never easy to lose a quality player but losing Walcott would leave Arsenal threadbare up front. If Bendtner's injury lit a fire under Wenger to make a January buy Walcott's will have fanned that flame. Word on the extent of the injury will likely come in on Monday or Tuesday.

Arsenal fell behind in the opening minute of the second half, but the Gunners would score three unanswered goals, two by Theo Walcott, to overtake West Ham United 1-3.

After a quiet first half, Arsenal looked to be in real trouble when West Ham took a 1-0 lead early in the second frame. Walcott then used his foot in the 68th minute and his head in the 71st to find the net twice and put Arsenal ahead to stay. Lucas Podolski came on in the 2nd half to assist Wally's second goal, then found the net himself in the 79th minute to seal the points. Aaron Ramsey was subbed off with an apparent thigh injury as we wait for an update on his condition. Walcott took a dip in price after last week's blank but expect another surge after today's performance.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Making his first start since a long injury spell, Theo Walcott quickly thrust himself back into the fantasy picture by scoring twice, but Arsenal ran up against a buzzsaw in Manchester City and were thoroughly beaten 6-3.

It was a tough day for Arsenal fans as they got their taste of the Etihad where no visiting club is safe. Still, for fantasy, it was a productive game for the attacking Gunners, Wally especially. His first goal was set up by a low cross from Mesut Ozil, and he had plenty of room to scoot a shot past a flat-footed Costel Pantillimon. His second was courtesy of an Aaron Ramsey pass that Walcott lifted over the City keeper into the top left corner of goal. Walcott has been a standard among fantasy midfielders so with his healthy return it will be interesting to see how managers cope with three viable options at that position from Arsenal, as Ozil and Ramsey are tearing it up as well.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 10:03:00 AM

Theo Walcott continued to be eased back into the Arsenal starting line-up with a substitute appearance against Marseille on Tuesday.

Walcott didn't produce anything exceptional against Southampton or Marseille in his first two appearances but with lesser opponents - Cardiff City and Hull City - coming up in the league, the winger may have a chance to get his first start and rediscover his early season form. Walcott has a history of taking some time getting back into a groove after an injury layoff but a start against either newly promoted side may well provide the opportunity to accelerate that timeline.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 03:51:00 PM

After a long spell out with an injury, Theo Walcott returns to the Arsenal squad against his former club Southampton in Week 12.

It seems unlikely that Walcott will start this week given that he is likely short of the match fitness necessary to go the distance. In the critical match-up with surprising Southampton, it is far more likely that Walcott will be a potential late match change of pace should Arsenal need a goal. Of more interest to fantasy managers will be what happens from here once Walcott is fully fit. If Walcott starts, Mesut Ozil - typically playing toward the right flank - will have to shift positions to some extent. Will that mean less time for Santi Cazorla? Will it mean Arsenal chooses between Arteta and Flamini rather than playing two deeper-lying midfielders? These are great choices for Wenger to have but frustrating ones for fantasy managers to deal with.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 02:55:00 PM

Theo Walcott is back in full training and could be in line to face his old club, Southampton.

It remains to be seen where Walcott fits in to Arsenal's starting line-up with Mesut Ozil, Santi Carozla, and Araon Ramsey playing so well together. At the very least, his return will give Arsenal a great plan B against a resolute Saints side.
Source: Daily Mail
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 10:53:00 PM

Theo Walcott missed training yesterday, despite rumours that he would be fit for Arsenal's Champions League match against Dortmund, or possibly Manchester United this weekend.

The winger is sure to miss the mid-week match, and will be a doubt, at best, for the weekend's big match at Old Trattford.
Source: SkySports
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 11:57:00 AM

Theo Walcott, recovering from groin and stomach surgery has suffered a setback in his recovery and will miss Week 9 against Crystal Palace.

The England forward/winger has been out since late-September and will apparently make it a full month as Arsene Wenger has indicated he will miss this week's Champions League match, next weekend's Premier League match and the following week's Capital One Cup match as well. The earliest that we should expect Walcott to return is the Match Week 10 match against Liverpool. Assuming Arsenal hasn't suffered any additional injuries by then, it will be interesting to see what role Walcott has in a team that is scoring goals at an exceptional pace. It seems likely that he will come off the bench against Liverpool if he's ready.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 09:22:00 AM

Theo Walcott's abdominal injury has been diagnosed and the next step is minor surgery in Germany and missing four matches in all competitions.

The England and Arsenal midfielder will have minor surgery in Germany and rehabilitation will start immediately. Walcott will miss the next two Premier League matches as well as Arsenal's Champions League match with Napoli and England's final two World Cup qualifiers. Serge Gnabry could end up having some value as Walcott's likely deputy.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 09:31:00 AM