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On This Day: Arsenal sign Theo Walcott from Southampton

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Theo Walcott scored 108 goals during a 12-year spell at Arsenal.
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Arsenal completed the signing of 16-year-old forward Theo Walcott from Southampton for an initial £5million fee on this day in 2006.

The Saints academy graduate had struck five times during the first half of the campaign and made the switch to the Emirates in a deal which would eventually cost £9.1million.

On his 17th birthday in March the player signed his first professional deal with the north London club and two months later he would dominate headlines across the globe again.

Theo Walcott joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old on this day 15 years ago (John Stillwell/PA)

Walcott, having not played a single minute for the Gunners, was selected by Sven-Goran Eriksson for England's World Cup squad and made his international bow in May as a substitute in a friendly against Hungary.

Despite injuries to other attacking options, the teenager was not used in Germany and had to wait until August to make his Arsenal debut.

In a 12-year spell at the club Walcott scored 108 times in 397 appearances and won the FA Cup twice.

Walcott scored a hat-trick for England in Croatia in September 2008 (Owen Humphreys/PA)

He left in January 2018 to join Everton but departed last summer to return to Southampton on a season-long loan deal.

Walcott has not played for England since 2016 and failed to build on his early promise, having become the youngest player to score a hat-trick for the Three Lions with a treble against Croatia in September 2008.

Across a decade of international football, the winger made 47 appearances for his country but only appeared at one major tournament – Euro 2012 – due to a combination of injuries and a failure to be selected.

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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd26148453322150
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8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
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14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121834-1628
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
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18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
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