Many of you reading this will remember the furore when a fresh-faced Theo Walcott left Second Division Southampton to join Premier League Arsenal in January 2006. Although still a raw talent, Walcott was tipped to achieve big things with the Gunners, his reputation only emphasised by his inclusion in England’s 2006 World Cup squad and later a Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
We look at Walcott’s career so far, ten years on.
Walcott became England’s youngest ever senior player in May 2006 when he came on as a substitute against Hungary (17 years, 75 days).
The 2008/09 season saw Walcott assigned Thierry Henry’s iconic squad Number. Also the number of years old when he signed a sponsorship with sports giants Nike.
The number of league appearances Walcott has made for Arsenal since signing for them. This includes 82 as a substitute, scoring 54 League Goals.
Years old when he became the youngest player to score a Hat Trick for England.
The highest tally of league goals in his career, coming in the 2012/13 campaign.
Walcott’s goals for England in 42 appearances. A hat trick against Croatia in 2008 is perhaps his most complete international performance.
The number of trophies since his transfer to London. Two FA Cup titles and an FA Community Shield.
Club games missed due to injury whilst playing for Arsenal.
What they said:
Alan Shearer: “Is he a centre-forward? Is he a winger? He’s not even a regular.” 28/02/2016
Harry Redknapp: “The kid can run through puddles and not makes a splash”.
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