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Theo Walcott | Forward

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 150

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Theo Walcott was dynamic after his introduction but neither he nor any of his Arsenal teammates could break through in a nil-nil draw at the Emirates.
Yet again, Arsenal were confronted with an opponent who parked the bus and couldn't break them down despite dominating possession. First, Chelsea and then Swansea shut down Arsenal's attack and Sunderland followed that script perfectly. May 20 - 4:37 PM

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Theo Walcott came in late and rescued a point for Arsenal as his speed forced Tyler Blackett into an own goal that leveled the tie and won a point for the Gunners.

Arsenal were clearly intending to play a counter-attacking game and the decision to start Aaron Ramsey in the right attacking spot instead of Theo Walcott was an odd one. Better late than never, Arsene Wenger moved Ramsey back into central midfield and gave United something to worry about with Walcott's pace. Arsenal attacked consistently after Walcott was introduced and eventually picked up the tying goal through Walcott's deflected shot. It will go down as an own goal but Walcott definitely did his part in earning the Gunners a point and an almost certain guaranteed Champions League group stage spot for next season. Arsenal really need a single point from their final two matches to secure third place unless United win their final match of the season by seven goals.
May 17 - 1:23 PM

Theo Walcott started England's friendly against Italy and played for 55 largely uninspiring minutes in the match.

Playing time has been hard for Theo Walcott to come by at Arsenal and for England since he returned from a long-term injury layoff in November. With form eluding him, his chances have been few which only leads to more rust. With England playing a friendly, he got 55 minutes of competitive action but failed to register a shot on target. His pass to Harry Kane as the second half got under way at least led to an England shot on target and he had a shot blocked in the first half but that was about it on the day. He will look back on this as an opportunity squandered even if the stakes of the match weren't big.
Mar 31 - 4:34 PM

With Arsenal largely healthy, Theo Walcott has seen little playing time over the past month.

Early on in his return to the squad, it was easy to attribute Walcott's lack of playing time to Arsene Wenger's new-found religion when it comes to monitoring his players to prevent new/recurring injuries. Walcott has now been healthy for long enough that his time on the bench now seems more like a conscious choice by Wenger rather than health-related caution. Since returning in earnest in early January, Walcott has started exactly three matches (two in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup). When you look at the opposition (Leicester City, Aston Villa and Brighton), they look like the matches you give to a rotation player to keep him fresh and rest the starter. It wouldn't be a surprise to start seeing some Walcott transfer (or at least loan) rumors starting to pop up if he continues to sit on the bench while healthy.
Mar 10 - 2:52 PM

Theo Walcott scored a ripper of a goal just before halftime to put Arsenal up 2-0 and the Gunners managed to hang on for a 2-1 win against a game Leicester City side.

It wasn't as easy as Arsenal supporters would have liked but the Gunners got the three points they needed against the bottom team in the Premier League. First it was Mesut Ozil serving a well-placed corner kick for Laurent Koscielny to slot home after the Foxes had been the more aggressive side in the early going. Arsenal continued to attack for the balance of the first half and were rewarded with a Walcott goal from a saved Ozil shot on goal. New signing Andrej Kramaric scored for Nigel Pearson's men from a scramble in the 61st minute. Leicester City were both physical and aggressive for the balance of the match but Arsenal managed to hold on.
Feb 10 - 4:46 PM

Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil both started and scored for Arsenal in their 3-2 FA Cup fourth round win over Brighton but it was Tomas Rosicky that stole the show.

Tomas Rosicky has experienced something of a resurrection over the past month at Arsenal. He has enjoyed both good health and great form, a combination that has eluded him for most of his lengthy tenure at Arsenal. In the FA Cup fourth round tie at the AmEx stadium in Brighton, the Czech creator pulled the strings for Arsenal's attack as well as scoring a goal the likes of which we haven't seen from him since the 2006 World Cup against the United States. If Rosicky can stay healthy he will be a great piece to the Arsenal rotation as they fight to retain their FA Cup and finish in a Champions League spot in the league.
Jan 25 - 2:40 PM

Theo Walcott finally made his return to the Arsenal starting line-up after a number of matches waiting in the wings on the bench.

The rumors and conjecture had started to flow regarding Walcott who had been declared fit and training with the first team but not starting in the Premier League despite the injury to Danny Welbeck and the suspension of Olivier Giroud. Walcott finally got his start in the FA Cup against Hull City and played reasonably well before being withdrawn for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 76th minute. Walcott was involved in the attack with three shots with one being on target and some near miss passes. An easy re-entry into the competitive fire which should lead to more playing time in the league.
Jan 5 - 10:32 AM

Theo Walcott isn't quite ready to return to the starting line-up and will likely do no better than some minutes off the bench for Arsenal's Week 20 trip to Southampton.

It has been a season of fits and starts for both Walcott and Arsenal as both try to regain their best form. For the club, there have been injuries, so many injuries. For the player, it has been one major recovery followed by almost six additional weeks in recovery after he strained his groin shortly after returning from his long term knee injury. Arsene Wenger will hope that Walcott is really ready to go this time as Arsenal look to make a significant second half push up the table to third or, at the very least, fourth.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Theo Walcott, out with a groin injury since early November, faces a late fitness test in his efforts to return to the line-up for the second time this season.

It seems unlikely with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez available that Walcott would be risked as anything more than a late-match change/infusion of pace substitute. It is more likely that he will return to the line-up in a lower pressure match like the Boxing Day visit of Queens Park Rangers.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Theo Walcott's injury issues continue with news that the attacking player is doubtful for Arsenal's Week 12 match against Manchester United.

Having just come back from a long layoff, it isn't surprising that some niggling injuries might crop up as the player's body gets used to playing competitive matches again. It is even less surprising when that player a) plays for Arsenal and b) is Theo Walcott. The speedy England man is a frequent visitor to the training room and supporters and fantasy managers shouldn't count on him for the weekend's marquee match-up.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:02:00 AM

The road to recovery has been a long one for Theo Walcott but Week 11 brings the possibility of a first start this season.

A starting birth is no sure thing for Walcott with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a viable deputy if Arsene Wenger isn't positive that Walcott is ready for the rigors of 60+ minutes. Wenger will be balancing the difficulty of the opponent - Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium - with the possibility of holding Walcott out until after the international break. I suspect Walcott will get the spot but I wouldn't stake my fantasy weekend on it so only commit if you have the option to make a change once line-ups are announced.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Theo Walcott returned to the pitch for the first time in ten months with a cameo appearance on 80 minutes against Burnley.

It might have taken longer than he'd have liked but Arsene Wenger got the opportunity he wanted to put Theo Walcott back on the pitch in a low pressure situation. After struggling for most of the match, Arsenal scored two in quick succession in the middle of the second half to allow Wenger to bring on the England man for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Walcott didn't figure a great deal but he had one solid shot on target and a dangerous cross in ten minutes plus stoppage time of action. It is likely that he will start one more match from the bench before returning to the starting line-up after the international break.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 01:15:00 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 09:19:00 AM

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.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 01:15:00 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
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 07:43:00 PM