The 2-0 gesture against North London rivals Spurs
One of Theo Walcott’s best moments in an Arsenal shirt as far as I’m concerned. He was being stretchered off against Spurs having just ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee. However, despite the pain, Walcott was able to grin at the Spurs fans and remind them that the score was 2-0 to the Arsenal. Just brilliant!
Hat-trick against Newcastle
This was the second of Walcott’s five hat-tricks for Arsenal. He was the main man in this match as Arsenal were 7-3 winners against Newcastle, scoring three and provided two assists. His third goal was the best because he waltzed past four challenges after receiving a short pass from Jack Wilshere. Then he was tripped in the box and instead of waiting for the penalty, he dinked a superb finish over Newcastle keeper Tim Krul to complete a memorable hat-trick.
Hat-trick against Reading in the League Cup
Who could forget Arsenal’s amazing comeback against Reading in the League Cup? Despite being 4-0 down after 35 minutes, Arsenal came back in spectacular fashion to win 7-5 after extra-time. Walcott scored a hat-trick and his goals kept Arsenal in the game at various stages. He started the comeback with the first goal at the end of the first half. Then he scored the fourth goal with the final kick of normal time before scoring the winner in extra-time. Marouane Chamakh put the icing on the cake with Arsenal’s seventh goal.
It’s fair to say Arsenal wouldn’t have won the match if it wasn’t for Walcott’s heroics. Walcott has scored a hat-trick for Arsenal in the Premier League, FA Cup and the League Cup. The only other player to do this is Ian Wright.
Joining the 100 club
It took him long enough but in February 2017, Walcott finally scored his 100th goal for Arsenal. It came in the FA Cup fifth round against Sutton United. After 370 appearances, Walcott became the 18th player to score 100 goals for the club.
Sending a letter to an Arsenal fan and his wife who lost the son they named after Theo
This is an off-field moment that deserves a mention. Theo wrote a very touching letter of condolence to a bereaved Arsenal fan regarding the loss of his baby son, Theo. The letter was written on behalf of the club to Texas-based supporter Edward Herdman and his wife Emma, complete with Theo’s signature on official headed paper. That must have meant so much to Edward and his wife Emma and showed that Theo Walcott is a classy guy.
Theo has provided Arsenal with some great moments during his 12-year stay at the club and I wish him all the best as he leaves for Everton.
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