This week Arsenal statistician Josh James takes a look Theo Walcott's half century of Gunners goals.

With his strike against Schalke on Tuesday night, Theo Walcott became the 47th player in Arsenal history to reach a half-century of goals for the Club.

The goal came on his 233rd appearance for the Club, meaning he has netted at the rate of once every 4.66 games. However, a big caveat to that stat is that just 145 (62 per cent) of Walcott's outings have been starts – only six other players on the list of 50+ goalscorers started fewer games.

So purely in terms of starts per goal, Walcott scores once every 2.9 games, similar to Dennis Bergkamp's starts per goal ratio of 2.88, for example.

The 47 members of the '50 Club' obviously include some of the biggest names in the Club's history - Walcott is now within 10 goals of both Liam Brady and Cesc Fabregas.

On average, the 47 players with 50 goals or more for Arsenal played 264 games for the Club.

50 goals for Arsenal
Player Dates Starts Subs Total apps Goals GPG
Thierry Henry 1999-2012 337 40 377 228 1.65
Ian Wright 1991-98 279 9 288 185 1.56
Cliff Bastin 1929-46 396   396 178 2.22
John Radford 1964-76 476 6 482 149 3.23
Jimmy Brain 1924-31 232   232 139 1.67
Ted Drake 1934-39 184   184 139 1.32
Doug Lishman 1948-55 244   244 137 1.78
Robin van Persie 2004-12 211 67 278 132 2.11
Joe Hulme 1926-37 374   374 125 2.99
David Jack 1928-34 208   208 124 1.68
Dennis Bergkamp 1995-2006 345 78 423 120 3.53
Reg Lewis 1938-52 176   176 118 1.49
Alan Smith 1987-95 318 29 347 115 3.02
Jack Lambert 1926-33 161   161 109 1.48
Frank Stapleton 1975-81 297 3 300 108 2.78
David Herd 1955-61 180   180 107 1.68
Joe Baker 1962-66 156   156 100 1.56
Paul Merson 1986-97 381 44 425 99 4.29
Don Roper 1947-56 321   321 95 3.38
Alan Sunderland 1977-83 278 3 281 92 3.05
Cliff Holton 1950-58 217   217 88 2.47
John 'Tim' Coleman 1902-08 196   196 84 2.33
Robert Pires 2000-06 238 46 284 84 3.38
George Graham 1966-72 296 12 308 77 4.00
Geoff Strong 1960-64 137   137 77 1.78
Jimmy Logie 1946-54 328   328 76 4.32
Freddie Ljungberg 1998-2007 285 43 328 72 4.56
Ray Kennedy 1969-74 207 6 213 71 3.00
Ronnie Rooke 1946-49 94   94 70 1.34
George Armstrong 1962-77 607 14 621 68 9.13
Derek Tapscott 1954-58 132   132 68 1.94
Tony Woodcock 1982-86 164 5 169 68 2.49
Emmanuel Adebayor 2006-09 114 28 142 62 2.29
Liam Brady 1973-80 295 12 307 59 5.20
Kevin Campbell 1988-95 166 62 228 59 3.86
Cesc Fabregas 2003-11 266 37 303 57 5.32
Malcolm Macdonald 1976-79 107 1 108 57 1.89
Jimmy Bloomfield 1954-60 227   227 56 4.05
Charlie Buchan 1925-28 120   120 56 2.14
Charlie Nicholas 1983-87 176 8 185 54 3.41
Alan Skirton 1960-66 153 1 154 54 2.85
Peter Goring 1949-59 240   240 53 4.53
Alan Ball 1971-76 218   218 52 4.19
Jon Sammels 1963-71 266 4 270 52 5.19
Billy Blyth 1914-29 343   343 51 6.73
Graham Rix 1977-88 447 17 464 51 9.10
Theo Walcott 2006- 145 88 233 50 4.66

Walcott has spread his goals around various competitions, scoring 28 in the Premier League, 11 in the Champions League, nine in the League Cup and two in the FA Cup.

Less than half (22) have been scored at home with 26 in away games and two at neutral venues – one at Wembley and one, his first for the Club, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

That first goal was the opener in the Carling Cup final against Chelsea in 2007 and came in his 28th game for the Club - 13 months after he joined from Southampton, aged 16.

At the beginning of the 2008/09 season Walcott was handed Thierry Henry's old No 14 shirt, and has scored 42 goals in 162 games since then, compared to eight in 71 games in his old No 32 jersey.

Walcott is Arsenal's top scorer so far this season, with eight goals, and he is only five goals away from matching his previous best seasonal tally of 13, set in 2010/11.

He's scored 15 goals so far in the calendar year of 2012, his most prolific year to date.

Walcott stats
  Appearances Goals Assists
League 96+61 28 35
FA Cup 7+6 2 1
Europe 27+20 11 12
League Cup 15+19 9 6
Total 145+88 50 54

Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers

Walcott's 50 goals have been scored against 30 different teams, with London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham his most favoured opposition - he has four against each of them. His goals against Chelsea, incidentally, have come at four different venues: Millennium Stadium, Wembley, Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge.

His hat-trick against Reading last month was the second time he had claimed the match ball, following his treble against Blackpool in August 2010. He's also scored five braces.

Theo Walcott's 50 goals
2012/13 Competition and opposition Goals scored
Nov 6, 2012 UCL v Schalke 2-2 1
Oct 30, 2012 COC v Reading 7-5 3
Oct 6, 2012 Prem v West Ham 3-1 1
Sept 26, 2012 COC v Coventry City 6-1 2
Sept 15, 2012 Prem v Southampton 6-1 1
Season total   8
2011/12 Competition and opposition Goals scored
Apr 11, 2012 Prem v Wolves 3-0 1
Mar 31, 2012 Prem v QPR 1-2 1
Mar 24, 2012 Prem v Aston Villa 3-0 1
Feb 26, 2012 Prem v Tottenham 5-2 2
Jan 29, 2012 FAC v Aston Villa 3-2 1
Jan 15, 2012 Prem v Swansea 2-3 1
Oct 29, 2011 Prem v Chelsea 5-3 1
Aug 28, 2011 Prem v Manchester United 2-8 1
Aug 24, 2011 UCL v Udinese 2-1 1
Aug 16, 2011 UCL v Udinese 1-0 1
Season total   11
2010/11 Competition and opposition Goals scored
May 22, 2011 Prem v Fulham 2-2 1
Apr 20, 2011 Prem v Tottenham 3-3 1
Feb 5, 2011 Prem v Newcastle 4-4 1
Jan 15, 2011 Prem v West Ham 3-0 1
Dec 27, 2010 Prem v Chelsea 3-1 1
Dec 8, 2010 UCL v Partizan 3-1 1
Nov 3, 2010 UCL v Shakhtar 1-2 1
Oct 27, 2010 CC v Newcastle 4-0 2
Aug 28, 2010 Prem v Blackburn 2-1 1
Aug 21, 2010 Prem v Blackpool 6-0 3
Season total   13
2009/10 Competition and opposition Goals scored
Apr 18, 2010 Prem v Wigan 2-3 1
Mar 31, 2010 UCL v Barcelona 2-2 1
Mar 6, 2010 Prem v Burnley 3-1 1
Oct 4, 2009 Prem v Blackburn 6-2 1
Season total   4
2008/09 Competition and opposition Goals scored
Apr 18, 2009 FAC v Chelsea 1-2 1
Apr 15, 2009 UCL v Villareal 3-0 1
Apr 11, 2009 Prem v Wigan 4-1 1
Oct 21, 2008 UCL v Fenerbache 5-2 1
Oct 18, 2008 Prem v Everton 3-1 1
Aug 27, 2008 UCL v FC Twente 4-0 1
Season total   6
2007/08 Competition and opposition Goals scored
May 11, 2008 Prem v Sunderland 1-0 1
Apr 28, 2008 Prem v Derby County 6-2 1
Feb 23, 2008 Prem v Birmingham 2-2 2
Jan 9, 2008 CC v Tottenham 1-1 1
Oct 23, 2007 UCL v Slavia Prague 7-0 2
Season total   7
2006/07 Competition and opposition Goals scored
Feb 25, 2007 CC v Chelsea 1-2 1
Season total   1

Bold = home games

Behind The Numbers

As well as reaching 50 goals for Arsenal, Walcott has racked up more than a half-century of assists for the Gunners - his current tally of 54 is more than any other player on the books.

They include a hat-trick of assists in the Reading game, including two corners, meaning he was directly involved in six goals in the game.

In addition to his 50 goals for Arsenal, Walcott scored five times for Southampton's senior side, and has netted four times from 30 full England caps, including a hat-trick against Croatia in 2008.

Stats correct as at November 7, 2012.

Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.

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