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Theo Walcott | Forward | #14

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 150

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Arsenal scored three first half goals and cruised to a 4-2 victory over BATE Borisov with a largely reserve and youth side in Europa League action.
Shkodran Mustafi was the only regular starter to feature as Arsenal played to a comfortable win over in Barysaw, Belarus on Thursday. The fact that Arsene Wenger could leave most of his first team at home will be of significant comfort as the trip to Eastern Europe late in the week is frequently difficult for Premier League sides. That he could field a side with Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding, and David Ospina along with Mustafi without exhausting his first team is a good omen for Arsenal's fortunes in the group stage of the Europa League. Arsenal's goals came through Walcott (9, 22), Holding (25), and Giroud (49) with Giroud's being his 100th for the club from the penalty spot. Sep 28 - 3:00 PM

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Theo Walcott became an Arsenal centurion scoring the Gunners' second goal as they ended Sutton United's Cinderella story in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

It has been a long time coming for Walcott who started the season on fire only to be stalled by a familiar foe, injuries. The Southampton youth product caused a distraction that helped Lucas Perez's drive from the corner of the 18-yard box find the net for the opener. It was then Walcott's turn to take a bow as he scored his 100th goal in an Arsenal uniform. The Gunners' reward for beating Sutton United is a date at the Emirates with another non-league opponent in Lincoln City. It should be clear sailing to the semi-finals for the Gunners.
Feb 20 - 4:55 PM

Theo Walcott scored a hat trick and Arsenal demolished Southampton at St. Mary's 5-0 in the FA Cup.

Arsenal went out of the EFL Cup to Southampton earlier this season and lost their trip to St. Mary's 4-0 last season. It was a reversal of fortune as Danny Welbeck scored the Gunners' first two and Walcott scored the final three in a match that was never in doubt.
Jan 28 - 5:06 PM

Theo Walcott will make his long-awaited return on Saturday when Arsenal face Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

After what was initially described as a "minor" calf injury by Arsène Wenger in December, the 27-year-old has spent more than a month on the sidelines. However, the Arsenal manager confirmed on Thursday that "he is back in the squad" and likely to be given game time ahead of the Premier League encounter with Watford three days later. Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Debuchy will also rejoin the main group on Friday but the Gunners will be without Granit Xhaka following his sending off last weekend: "He’s not naturally a great tackler. He doesn’t master the technique. I would encourage him to stay on his feet," Wenger said following his dismissal for a lunge on Steven Defour. He also confirmed Carl Jenkinson could still move "he only has to agree personal terms [with [Palace]" while Gabriel "has been convincing at right-back" which would allow Debuchy to leave in the January window.
Source: The Mirror
Jan 26 - 10:04 AM

After nearly a month of being out of action, Theo Walcott faces uncertainty over his role once he is healthy again.

The prognosis for Theo Walcott's return from injury has been consistently moving back. What was originally categorized as a one-match absence has now swelled to nearly a month. With Olivier Giroud red hot playing as a center forward and Alexis demanding a spot somewhere every week, Arsene Wenger will have to decide if Walcott will move immediately back into the line-up on his return. Walcott was off to a blistering start but Alex Iwobi has played well and Danny Welbeck has also returned since Walcott went out injured.
Jan 17 - 2:32 PM

After being a late scratch with a calf injury on Boxing Day, Theo Walcott won't be quite ready for the club's next match against Crystal Palace.

By indicating that "he will still be short" in reference to Walcott he doesn't seem to be ruling the attacker out for Match Week 20 on the 3rd against Bournemouth. It might be that anything that rules Walcott out for New Years Day might also carry over two additional days but Wenger is at least not ruling it out. Arsene Wenger didn't indicate if Olivier Giroud would maintain his starting spot after netting the winner on Boxing Day with Alexis taking Walcott's spot as a wide attacker. The alternative is Alexis reverting to a central role with Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flanking Mesut Ozil.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 02:30:00 PM

Arsene Wenger is hoping Theo Walcott will be back on New Year’s Day after he missed the narrow victory over West Brom due to a "small calf problem."

The Gunners made two changes for the Boxing Day clash at the Emirates as Olivier Giroud came in for his first league start of the season to lead the Arsenal attack. That meant Alexis Sanchez was forced to drop a little deeper, filling the void left by Walcott, to sit alongside Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil in a 4-2-3-1. Kieran Gibbs was another surprise starter, as the error prone Nacho Monreal made way, although the Spanish full-back did see out the game as Gibbs was replaced on 71 minutes after he was "kicked on the knee." Walcott could return on January 1 while Gibbs will be assessed over the next 24-48hrs. A decision on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who injured his hamstring during the defeat at the Etihad in game week 17, will be made nearer to kick off.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 08:02:00 AM

Theo Walcott was a late scratch with a minor calf injury.

Arsenal left it late before beating West Brom at the Emirates on Boxing Day. Theo Walcott was a late scratch but it sounds like he won't miss any additional time. Wenger went so far as to call it "very minor" which implies that he won't miss the New Year's Day visit of Crystal Palace.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:47:00 PM

It was a beautiful early goal from Walcott but Arsenal were second best for most of the day and lost 2-1 at the Etihad.

Arsenal hit on a fast break goal early in the first half with Alexis finding Theo Walcott who slotted home neatly. The goal served to paper over a first half where Arsenal escaped a number of City chances. The second half wasn't as kind as a questionable no-call for offside put in Leroy Sane for his first Premier League goal. There was no doubt about Kevin De Bruyne's spectacular cross that put Raheem Sterling in for the winner. If there had been a fourth goal, City looked the more likely.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:17:00 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud came away from Sunday with minor injuries.

Walcott left the club's 3-1 win against Bournemouth in the 76th minute after sustaining a knock after scoring a goal for the Gunners to give them the lead, and was replaced by Giroud, who also sustained a hamstring injury that will need treatment this week ahead of the League Cup. And that wasn't all for Arsenal as defender Mathieu Debuchy only lasted 15 minutes into his first appearance of the season before succumbing to a hamstring injury himself.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 08:06:00 AM

Walcott owners beware as the Arsenal attacker is carrying an injury which may keep him out of the starting XI at the Emirates on Saturday.

A solid start to the campaign has tapered off and Walcott is facing the prospect of being axed as Olivier Giroud continues his impressive goals per minutes’ ratio since returning to the squad [5 in his last four appearances across 148 minutes]. Arsène Wenger confirmed prior to kick off in the Champions League that Walcott "has a slight problem with his toe," which is why he was named on the bench. "I have plenty of players who are fresh and available and need games. So, I try to rotate a little bit and keep the balance." Arsenal may line-up as they did against Paris Saint-Germain, a move which would see Alexis Sanchez drop a little deeper alongside Mesut Ozil although Aaron Ramsey is likely to replace Iwobi with Granit Xhaka or Elneny holding. Giroud is becoming hard to ignore and could make his first league start of the season.
Source: Metro
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 05:28:00 AM

After missing consecutive matches in the Premier League and Champions League, Theo Walcott should be fit for the visit of rival Spurs on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger didn't go as far as saying that Walcott would definitely feature against Spurs on Sunday but it seems likely given that his injury was deemed minor and he's seemingly had sufficient time to recover. Walcott's return likely means that Alexis will return to the center forward spot with Ozil and Iwobi and Walcott supporting. Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud will most likely join Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as strong change of pace options off the bench.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 12:02:00 PM

Theo Walcott seems unlikely to feature against Ludogorets on Tuesday as he continues to recover from the hamstring issue that kept him out against Sunderland on Saturday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a bit underwhelming against Sunderland despite the fact that he picked up an assist on Arsenal's first goal. The Ox had a couple great chances to score, or at least put an attempt on target, and he missed wildly in all cases. Wenger will hope Ox's precision improves as he'll likely get another start in mid-week Champions League action in Bulgaria. Walcott seems likely to be ready for the visit of fierce rival Spurs on Sunday.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 02:44:00 PM

Theo Walcott is struggling with a minor thigh injury and could miss the trip to the Stadium of Light as a result.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having scored a brace in mid-week and Walcott's history of soft muscle injuries, Arsene Wenger seems likely to be cautious with his top scorer in the Premier League. The fact that the opposition has yet to win a Premier League match may also help the manager's decision. Caution should be exercised when it comes to Walcott and fantasy line-ups. If you have him in a league where you can decide at the last minute or have a good auto-sub backing him up then you should start him. If not, then probably best to go to your next best option.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 11:01:00 AM

Theo Walcott shook off a poor England showing with a brace that should have been a hat trick as Arsenal beat Swansea 3-2 at the Emirates.

Theo Walcott scored twice and Mesut Ozil scored the winner but it was Arsenal's defense that was almost the story as the Gunners repeatedly let Bob Bradley's side back into the match. Granit Xhaka was the chief culprit as he committed a bad giveaway leading to Swansea's first goal and was then shown red late. Arsenal barely held on for the win but it was a worrying display at the back.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 01:58:00 PM