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  • Updated: August 18, 2023

Arsenal Icon Walcott Retires From Football At 34

Arsenal Icon Walcott Retires From Football At 34

Theo Walcott has retired from professional football at the age of 34, the former England and Arsenal forward confirmed on Friday.

He announced his retirement on social media following his departure from Southampton at the end of last season, bringing to an end a 23-year career in which he made 563 club appearances.

In an emotional viral video, Walcott said: "The first moment I put my football boots on aged 10 was a special journey for me. 

"From playing in the park with friends to performing in some of the biggest stadiums in front of huge crowds across the world.

"The support shown to me throughout this time has been incredible and in every way imaginable I am truly grateful. 

"I shared the football pitch with so many incredible players and we have created so many unforgettable memories.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to all the managers and coaches that I've worked with, especially Harry [Redknapp] for giving me a start and Arsene [Wenger] for showing the belief and supporting me when I joined the club at only 16 years old."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Walcott played for Newbury and Swindon Town as a youngster before Southampton signed him in 2000.

He made 21 appearances and scored four goals for Saints before joining Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in January 2006 for an initial £5 million which rose to £12 million.

Arsene Wenger unveils Theo Walcott ​​​​​​In his 13-year spell with the Gunners, Walcott won three FA Cups as well as two Community Shields, scoring 108 goals in 397 appearances.

Walcott departed for Everton in a £20 million deal in 2019, scoring 11 times in 85 games for the Toffees, before re-joining Southampton in 2021, where he scored three goals for Saints last season as the club suffered relegation.

He also won 47 caps for England, scoring eight times in a decade-long international career, including a hat-trick against Croatia in World Cup qualifying in 2008 which made him the youngest player to score a treble for the Three Lions.

He had been linked with a move to Bournemouth and League One outfit Reading earlier this summer before he called time on his career.

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