Thankfully, Arsene Wenger has used the 9 years since Walcott’s signing to improve the Englishman’s game across the board and he is now one of the most important players in the Gunners’ dressing room.
The speedy winger missed a year of Premier League football and the World Cup finals in Brazil as he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury in 2014.
But with the forward finally back in action and looking to regain match sharpness in the coming weeks, Arsenal fans can feel optimistic about Walcott’s future at the club.
But, let’s have a look at Walcott’s best moments in the red shirt so far:
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When Walcott was taken off against Tottenham in the FA Cup this time last year, Arsenal were leading their north London rivals 2-0.
And with Walcott being loaded on to a stretcher and facing 12 months out of the game, the Spurs fans took this opportunity to abuse the England winger.
Luckily, Theo has thick skin and more importantly a good sense of humour.
Walcott decided to troll the Spurs fans by making a 2-0 gesture with his hands – instant cult status achieved.
His Run Against Liverpool
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While it may have been Liverpool who won the tie and made it into the Champions League semi-final, this match signalled the arrival of Theo Walcott on the scene.
The youngster spearheaded a wonderful attacking move, beating every Liverpool player in his path before rolling the ball to Emanuel Adebayor to finish.
The goal meant little in the end, but it summarises exactly what Walcott is all about – pace, energy and bravery.
Hattrick Against Newcastle
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With Arsenal legend Thierry Henry in the stands at the Emirates, this was Walcott’s chance to impress the King.
Walcott wears the same shirt number made famous by the Frenchman and so it was expected that he would be under a bit more pressure than usual.
Not that this affected Theo, who scored a brilliant hattrick and was a constant threat to Newcastle’s defence.
The highlight was undoubtedly Walcott’s third goal.
The Sign Da Ting Song
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Theo Walcott was in the form of his life in 2012, literally everything he touched turned to goals.
Walcott was also in the last year of his contract and with Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly interested, Arsenal fans were desperate for the winger to sign a new deal.
And thus the ‘Sign Da Ting’ song was created.
It of course worked and Walcott signed a new long-term deal.
The power of Grime.
That Goal Against Chelsea
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Arsenal dismantled Chelsea 5-3 at Stamford Bridge in 2011.
And while a memorable game for many an Arsenal fan, one clip sticks out against all the rest, Theo Walcott’s goal.
Walcott scored the goal to make it 3-2, the first time Arsenal had led the match and arguably gave the team the boost to push on and score two more.
Walcott’s desire, pace and never-say-die attitude contributed to the wonderful finish.
Carl Jenkinson Claims His Hattrick Goal Vs Reading
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When Arsenal beat Reading 7-5 in the League Cup, the players were clearly both exhausted and thoroughly relieved.
Not only had the team avoided an embarrassing exit, they had managed to progress in the competition despite having fielded a team with Marouane Chamakh up front…no, seriously.
Walcott scored a hattrick during the game but in his post-match interview, Gunners teammate Carl Jenkinson claimed Walcott’s third goal.
Walcott’s reaction was to accept Jenks’ claim and throw the ball away – classic.