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.”
“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.