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BREAKING: Former Arsenal Player Theo Walcott Retires From Football


Theo Walcott has confirmed his decision to retire from professional football after leaving Southampton at the conclusion of the previous season.

Though Walcott, renowned for netting over 100 goals with Arsenal and earning 47 caps for England, had been rumored for potential transfers to Bournemouth and Reading earlier this summer, the 34-year-old has decided to hang up his boots.

His prolific career spanned 563 club games, during which he secured three FA Cups and two Community Shields.

Sharing a heartfelt video on social media, Walcott reflected, “From the very first time I laced up my boots at age 10, it’s been an incredible journey. From casual games in the park with friends to gracing some of the world’s most iconic stadiums amidst roaring fans.”

“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. Over 18 fantastic years in the Premier League, there are so many moments I will cherish.

“The early days at Southampton Football Club, my transfer to Arsenal where I spent 12 enjoyable years and scored over 100 goals, winning the FA Cup and scoring in the final which is every kid’s dream. To have had the opportunity to represent England 47 times and to go to the World Cup in 2006 aged just 17 and still to hold the record for the youngest-ever debut by a senior England player and the youngest hat-trick goalscorer at 19 – I will never forget that feeling.
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