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Theo Walcott

Theo's 2013/14 campaign was marred by injury, restricting him to just 18 appearances. The forward began the season well, setting up Olivier Giroud's winner against Tottenham and scoring a sumptuous volley in the 2-1 win against Marseille.

An abdominal problem kept him out until the middle of November but he didn't take long to rediscover his form in front of goal, scoring four times in December. However, Theo's season came to an abrupt end when he sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in the FA Cup third-round win against Tottenham at the turn of the year.

Theo Walcott Profile

Born March 16, 1989
Middlesex, England
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Previous Club(s) Southampton
Arsenal Debut August 19, 2006

Theo joined from Southampton in 2006 at the age of just 16, winning a call-up to England’s World Cup squad that summer. He became the country’s youngest-ever full international later that year when he faced Hungary aged 17 years and 75 days, and has been a mainstay in the national squad ever since. In 2008 he scored a memorable hat-trick away to Croatia in a World Cup qualifier.

Renowned for his pace and movement, Theo is also the youngest-ever goalscorer for England Under-21s, and was a runner up at the 2009 European Under-21 Championship.

Theo Walcott's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006-2007 5 + 11 0 0 + 6 0 2 + 2 0 6 1 13 + 19 1
2007-2008 11 + 14 4 4 + 5 2 1 0 4 1 20 + 19 7
2008-2009 16 + 6 2 9 + 1 3 2 + 1 1 0 0 27 + 8 6
2009-2010 12 + 11 3 2 + 4 1 1 0 0 0 15 + 15 4
2010-2011 19 + 9 9 3 + 2 2 0 + 1 0 3 + 1 2 25 + 13 13
2011-2012 32 + 3 8 8 2 1 + 2 1 0 0 41 + 5 11
2012-2013 24 + 8 14 3 + 2 1 2 + 2 1 2 5 31 + 12 21
2013-2014 9 + 4 5 3 + 1 1 1 0 0 0 13 + 5 6
Total 128 + 66 45 32 + 21 12 10 + 8 3 15 + 1 9 185 + 96 69

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09
  • 2007/08

August

Theo started all four of the team's games in August. His best performance came in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier away to Fenerbache where his pace provided a constant threat. The England winger crossed for Kieran Gibbs to score against the Turkish side and he won the penalty which Olivier Giroud converted in the same game.

October

Theo was kept out of action for the whole of October as he continued his recovery from minor abdominal surgery.

December

After making his return from injury at the end of November, Theo kickstarted his season with four goals and a couple of assists in December. The England international set up Mesut Ozil's goal against Everton before scoring a brace in the 6-3 defeat to Man City. But Theo's stand-out display probably came in the 3-1 win over West Ham where he scored twice to help Arsenal come back from a goal down. The 24-year-old also supplied the free kick for Olivier Giroud to nod home the Gunners' winner against Newcastle. "Every game that goes by that we win is more belief that we're going to win the league," Theo said after the Newcastle game. "But we won't get ahead our ourselves, we know how crucial every game is. We've got to make sure we look after ourselves and hopefully teams will start to slip up. Just as long as we keep on believing, which everyone is and we've been doing from the start of the season."

January

After scoring Arsenal's second goal in the New Year's Day win over Cardiff, Theo suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury against Tottenham that required surgery, meaning he would miss the rest of the season. "Theo is handling it as well as you can when you have had such a shock because he's mentally strong, he's very balanced as a person and he can put it into perspective," the boss told Arsenal Player. "We know that he will have the dedication and the serious attitude to come back as strong as ever."

March

A long-term knee injury kept Theo out of action for the whole of March.

May

A long-term knee ligament injury kept Theo out of action for the whole of May. However, the forward joined the team on their open-top bus parade after winning the the FA Cup. "[The fans] have waited so long and since I've been here, this team has been the best I've worked with," he told Arsenal Player. "It's a fantastic response [from the fans] and we want more from these guys. "We've got a platform. We know what we want to achieve now. We want to push on from this. This is such a massive club. We realise that… this is definitely that stepping stone that is going to build up to a dominant Arsenal team, I'm pretty sure of it."

August

Theo played in Arsenal's first two matches of the season, starting against Sunderland on the opening day before coming off the bench in the goalless draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

October

Theo enjoyed a successful October, scoring four times in total - including a hat-trick against Reading in the Capital One Cup that saw him named Man of the Match. His performance at the Madejski drew praise from Arsene Wenger, who said: “First of all he is a good finisher now - the way he scored the first goal. Secondly, I believe he knows where to be in the box on the rebounds. I like that - that’s a quality of a striker that you cannot give to anybody. You feel it or you don’t. He has the qualities to play there and he was superb.”

December

Theo was Arsenal’s top scorer in December, netting four times in four appearances. After finding the net against Reading, the 23-year-old ended 2012 with a hat-trick and man of the match performance against Newcastle United. “It was amazing,” team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said after the game. “You could see after his first goal, he had a spring in his step. He was sharp and he was good going forward. He’s been like that all season. He’s been brilliant for us and he’s stuck to his work really well with all the speculation going on. He’s a great professional, he’s a good mate and he’s a good lad around the dressing room. It’s hard for anyone to defend against someone with his pace. When he gets the service, he can always punish teams. In training he’s no different. He’s doing really well.”

January

After signing a new contract at the Club, Theo continued his good form throughout January. The 23-year-old scored in four successive games at the end of the month, and was named man of the match against Chelsea. Theo featured in all of Arsenal’s eight January fixtures. “I always wanted to stay and I am happy that myself and the Club have come to an agreement,” he said after penning his new deal. “There has been so much speculation for so long, and I am very pleased my future is sorted. But it is all about the present now.”

March

Theo made three appearances in March and set up Per Mertesacker’s header at Tottenham Hotspur as well as Olivier Giroud’s strike at Bayern Munich. The forward was injured while on international duty and subsequently missed the Reading game.

May

Theo netted the fastest goal of the Premier League season in Arsenal's 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers, firing Arsene Wenger's team in front after just 20 seconds. His performance at Loftus Road earned him the man-of-the-match award. The England international was also on target in the Gunners' next game, at home to Wigan Athletic. His goal at Emirates Stadium took his tally for the 2012/13 campaign to an impressive 21. “I am proud of everyone in the dressing room," he told Arsenal.com after the win at Newcastle United secured a top-four finish. "We have had some ups and downs but showed belief in one another and that is what we are made of at Arsenal. But we don’t want celebrations for the Champions League [qualification], we want to be challenging for the title. That is our next goal.”

August

Theo scored his first goal of the season against Udinese in the Champions League and netted his second of the new campaign at Old Trafford when he fired through the legs of David De Gea. The England forward was a substitute at Newcastle on the opening day of the season but started the following four games.

October

Theo was a regular for Arsenal during the month, starting in every available Premier League and Champions League fixture. His finest performance came in the victory at Stamford Bridge, where his superb solo effort sent Arsene Wenger's side on their way to victory. “He is more a complete player today,” said Wenger. “Now he wins the ball defensively and he is dangerous going forward. He works so hard.”

December

Theo was a mainstay on the right wing, missing only the Wolves game through illness. He featured in the team's remaining four Premier League victories of the month.

January

Theo played five times in January and scored twice, against Swansea and Aston Villa. “I think he is coming back [to form] now,” Arsene Wenger. “He had a dip over Christmas. I found people were a bit harsh on him at Swansea because in the first half he looked dangerous to me. In the second half he scored the goal and having seen the game again he created some dangerous situations. The expectation level in England is very high for him because he started at the age of 16. But I still feel he has improved a lot this season.”

March

Theo enjoyed one of his most productive months of the season so far. He notched goals against QPR and Aston Villa and picked up a deserved Man of the Match award in the 2-1 win over Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. Theo also celebrated his 23rd birthday. "I'm enjoying playing football at the moment, I'm still only 23 so there is still a lot to come from me I'm sure.," said the winger. "But I feel great, I've never played so much in my life on a consistent level for 90 minutes. It obviously helps when the team is winning as well, that is important. The confidence just flows through the whole team."

May

Theo returned from injury as a half-time substitute in the 3-2 win at West Brom. "It is a fantastic feeling [to finish third] - we have been hot and cold all season and it doesn't matter how you play, as long as you get the result here," said the England winger.

August

Theo started the new campaign as if he really meant business, taking no time at all to notch up goals, assists and Man of the Match performances aplenty. The forward didn’t start the opening Premier League game against Liverpool, coming on as a 59th-minute substitute. The first home game of the season against Blackpool is when Theo really got started. He put in a Man of the Match performance as he scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of the newly-promoted side. He followed that up with another outstanding performance away at Blackburn, scoring the opening goal and setting up Andrey Arshavin to score the winner. Arsene Wenger said he believes the 21-year-old is ahead of the learning curve for a footballer of his age.

October

Theo returned from his ankle injury during October and showed the Arsenal fans just what they had been missing. He was eased back into action with substitute appearances against both Shakhtar and Manchester City before announcing his return with a Man of the Match performance against Newcastle in the Carling Cup. He showed a lethal touch in front of goal with two clinical finishes as he helped book Arsenal’s place in the next round. The winger was used as a substitute in the 1-0 win over West Ham at the end of the month as he neared full fitness.

December

Theo played a key role in December, with his Man of the Match performance against Chelsea the best example of his growing importance. He set up Cesc Fabregas and scored himself in one of his finest displays of the season. Five minutes into the second half Theo raced clear, drew Petr Cech and tapped a square pass for Fabregas to slot home. Three minutes later, Theo fired home to send Emirates Stadium wild. He scored a vital goal against Partizan that ensured Arsenal’s passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League when he put his side 2-1 up.

January

Theo scored his tenth goal of the season at West Ham and set up two for Robin van Persie in the same game. He set up the Dutchman’s opener, scored himself and then won a penalty for the third as Arsenal secured an emphatic 3-0 win. What's more, it was his impact that helped peg back Leeds United to earn an FA Cup replay against the Yorkshire club. Theo made six starts and two substitute appearances during January.

March

Theo missed the whole of March with the ankle injury he picked up against Stoke.

May

Theo scored his 13th goal of the campaign on the final day of the season at Fulham, netting a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

August

Theo missed the start of the season after sustaining a back strain in a pre-season match against Valencia.

October

Theo marked his return from injury with a goal in Arsenal's 6-2 win over Blackburn at the start of the month but then had to come off 33 minutes into the win over Birmingham with a medial knee ligament injury. Arsène Wenger said that Walcott could be out for "three to four weeks".

December

Theo made four starts and one substitute appearance for Arsenal in December but missed the Portsmouth game at the end of the month through injury. "He has a rib injury," said Arsène Wenger. "Last time he had it on the right and this time it is on the left. Last time he was out for nearly a month. We hope that this time it will be much shorter."

January

Theo missed Arsenal's first three games in January due to a rib injury but returned as a substitute in the 4-2 home win over Bolton. He also featured against Stoke and Aston Villa. Theo came in for criticism after the FA Cup trip to Stoke but Arsène Wenger launched a staunch defence of his player and insisted that Walcott must be given time to find his rhythm. “There is no player in the world who can be out for two months, come back and be outstanding,” he said. “He doesn't exist, unfortunately. It’s not like you switch an engine on and off in the car. It demands competition and the most important thing for Theo now is not to be injured for five or six weeks. Then you will see a different Walcott.”

March

Theo scored twice as he made five appearances for Arsenal in March. Speaking after scoring against Burnley, the striker explained why critics don’t bother him. I don’t listen to people on the outside of football," he said. "I listen to people around me: the boss [Arsène Wenger], Mr [Fabio] Capello, my family and the people around me. I’ve got fantastic people who look after me. I am very level-headed and keep my feet on the ground."

May

Theo started both of Arsenal's May fixtures.

August

August saw Theo continue his transformation from hot prospect to first-team regular. He appeared in all five of Arsenal’s fixtures, the highlight coming in the home tie against FC Twente. After receiving the ball from Nicklas Bendtner, Walcott surged through the Twente backline, nonchalantly stroking the ball past the goalkeeper. It was a finish of the highest quality that again drew comparisons with Thierry Henry.

October

Theo continued his superb start to the season with a string of outstanding displays down the right-hand side of midfield. The teenager marked his first appearance of the month with an injury time goal against Everton on the 14th and the he followed it up with a lovely finish against Fenerbahce three days later.

December

Theo continued his rehabilitation from a dislocated shoulder throughout December. The winger is expected to return in February or March.

January

Theo sat out the whole of January with a dislocated shoulder but his manager provided some good news on the comeback front. “Walcott will be back in March or maybe the end of February,” the manager said on Friday, January 9. “He will be the quickest one because he has started to run already. It is easier to plan after shoulder surgery than anything else.”

March

Theo made his long awaited return from a dislocated shoulder after 71 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Burnley on March 8th. The winger went on to feature in the next three fixtures of the month, starting twice. However, the rapid winger suffered another injury setback during training on Friday, March 20.

May

Although Theo featured in four of May’s five fixtures, it was his off-pitch exploits that were most pleasing for Arsenal fans. On Friday, May 8 the 20-year-old put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the Club. Afterwards he said: “It’s fantastic to work with the best manager in the world and play at Emirates Stadium, which is an unbelievable place to play in. I just want to continue playing my football at this Club and look forward to many successful seasons ahead.”

May

‘That run’ against Liverpool was undoubtedly the highlight of Theo’s April. Running from one box to the other, leaving four Liverpool players in his wake, he eventually set-up Emmanuel Adebayor for the simplest of tap-ins in front of the away fans. Elsewhere he continued to develop into a terrifying wide man, scoring against Derby and appearing in every game. He capped the month off with the Arsenal.com Player of the Month award.

March

An explosive end to the month for Theo with two goals at Birmingham, his first strikes in the Premier League. An injury prevented the 18-year-old from featuring until the final minutes of the draw with AC Milan, where he nearly unlocked the visitors defence with a stunning cross that was headed against the crossbar. He was handed a starting berth at St Andrews and seized the opportunity with both hands.