This week our statistician Josh James takes a look at Theo Walcott's contribution in an Arsenal shirt to date.
Theo Walcott signed a new long-term contract with the Club last week and he will look to cement his place in the Arsenal history books over the coming seasons.
The forward does not turn 24 until March but has already played nearly 250 times for the Club, and scored more than half a century of goals, since making his debut on the opening day of the 2006/07 season.
He has more appearances (245), more goals (57) and more assists (61) to his name than any other player currently on the Club's books.
What's more, this season has been Walcott's most productive. His goal against Chelsea was his 15th of the season, previously the most he had netted in a single campaign was 13, in 2010/11. Walcott also has 11 assists so far from 25 outings, just one fewer than his previous best, achieved last term.
Theo Walcott Appearances
|Season||Premier League||Champions League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2006/07||5 + 11||0 + 6||2 + 2||6||13 + 19|
|2007/08||11 + 14||4 + 5||1||4||20 + 19|
|2008/09||16 + 6||9 + 1||2 + 1||-||27 + 8|
|2009/10||12 + 11||2 + 4||1||-||15 + 15|
|2010/11||19 + 9||3 + 2||+ 1||3 + 1||25 + 13|
|2011/12||32 + 3||8||1 + 2||-||41 + 5|
|2012/13||11 + 7||1 + 2||2||2||16 + 9|
|Total||106 + 61||27 + 20||9 + 6||15 + 1||157 + 88|
(+ = sub appearances)
Theo Walcott goals and assists
|Premier League||Champions League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
Walcott has scored two hat-tricks so far this season, and is now on 57 goals for the Gunners.
That puts him in joint 37th place in the Club's all-time leading scorer charts, level with Cesc Fabregas and Malcolm Macdonald.
Walcott's games-to-goals ratio stands at 4.3, which is similar to the likes of Paul Merson (one goal every 4.3 games), John Hartson (4.2), Freddie Ljungberg (4.6) and Kanu (4.5).
Walcott's Arsenal goals by location
Theo's first goal, like his latest, came in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. It was in the Carling Cup final at the Millennium Stadium on February 25, 2007 – more than a year after he joined Arsenal.
In fairness though, he didn't make his debut for seven months after transferring from Southampton. Aged 16, Walcott signed for the Gunners on January 20, 2006, but did not appear for the first team for the remainder of the season. He was restricted to three reserve outings (scoring twice, including on his 'debut', against Portsmouth).
Walcott's first-team bow came on the opening day of the following campaign - the first ever match at Emirates Stadium.
He came off the bench after 73 minutes, and sent in the cross from which Gilberto levelled the scores 10 minutes later. Walcott had already played for England (becoming the country's youngest ever full international) and travelled to a World Cup finals.
Splitting his 57 Arsenal goals into three chunks of 19, his first 19 came up in 138 games, the second 19 were scored in 72 matches, and the third in 37.
Walcott will become the 67th player in the Club's history to reach the 250-appearance mark, and the 12th under Arsène Wenger - it's a landmark from which he is just five games away.
Of Walcott's 245 first-team appearances, 88 (36 per cent) have been as a substitute. That means he has been used from the bench more often than any other player in Arsenal history, except for Kanu - and he is closing in on the Nigerian's record tally of 94.
Walcott regularly makes a positive impact from the bench - as he did on his debut - and seven (12 per cent) of his Gunners goals have been as a sub, including two this season.
Another Walcott statistic worth noting is the incredibly low number of yellow cards he has accrued - just two from 167 Premier League games.
He's also been booked five times in Champions League matches (strangely enough each of his first four cautions for the Club came in Champions League qualifiers) for an overall rate of one yellow card every 35 matches.
This 'British core' (ably enhanced by Wales international Aaron Ramsey) has been in fine form so far this season, and Arsenal's last three goals have been scored by Englishmen (Gibbs, Wilshere and Walcott).
In fact, over the course of this season, 29.4 per cent of the Gunners' goals (20 out of 64) have been scored by English players, the team's highest ratio since 1997/98.
As well as Gibbs, Wilshere and Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been on target in 2012/13, and the previous time Arsenal had four or more different English scorers in the same season was back in 2001/02 (Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Ray Parlour, Tony Adams and Francis Jeffers).
Proportion of English scorers
|Season||Goals from English players||Proportion of season total|
Stats correct as at January 22, 2013.
Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 22 Jan 2013