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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 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. Jul 31 - 10:42 AM

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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.
Jul 26 - 2:03 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.
Jul 26 - 1:41 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.
Jun 4 - 2:21 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.
Jun 4 - 12:05 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.
Jun 2 - 9:08 AM

Arsenal dominated Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley Stadium on their way to their second consecutive FA Cup win.

Theo Walcott got the start in front of Olivier Giroud in the number nine role and the move paid off as the oft-injured Walcott scored the opener for the Gunners. Walcott was joined in scoring by Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud who came on as a substitute to close out the scoring in the late going. It was a comprehensive win that saw Arsenal win the coveted trophy for a record 12th time. It was Arsene Wenger's sixth FA Cup title tying him for most among managers.
May 30 - 2:46 PM

Theo Walcott returned to the Arsenal starting eleven with a first half hat trick as Arsenal cruised to a 4-1 home victory.

In a match that meant very little in the grand scheme of things, Arsenal got good news in the form of big production from key reserves. Theo Walcott scored a hat trick and Jack Wilshere added one as both players get sharp after long injury layoffs. The goals will help their confidence if they are called on in the FA Cup Final.
May 24 - 12:03 PM

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

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