Back in January 2014, Theo Walcott was a dejected man after receiving news that he would be sidelined for the rest of the Premier League season due to injury. The England international suffered a ruptured knee ligament in the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup 3rd round, consequently missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as well.
However one and a half years later, Theo proved he’s back to his best as he scored the opener at the Wembley, inspiring his side to a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final on Saturday. In rehearsal, the 26-year old netted a first half hat-trick in the last match of the 2014/15 Premier League season as Arsenal ran out 4-1 winners over West Bromwich Albion a week earlier, which earned him a start as a centre-forward.
Speaking to the media during Arsenal’s victory parade as recorded on Arsenal.com, Theo praised his whole team for their determination, adding that scoring with his left leg – the same leg that sustained a career threatening injury – felt weird.
“It’s weird how things come to place, scoring the goal with my left foot, which was the leg I had an issue with,” he began.
“I’ve worked really hard, not just me, everyone behind the scenes that nobody gets to see, the support and the faith that the manager’s had in me. The fans have been incredible as well. We need to remember the players who all contributed to the run to the final, it wasn’t just about the players who played, it’s almost a whole squad here. It’s a family thing and it means as lot to everyone.”