Former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is scheduled to join Reading on a free transfer in the ongoing window

Walcott, 34, will join Reading upon the expiry of his Southampton contract – when he joins the club, he will reunite with ex-boss Ruben Selles, who he played under last season for the Saints.

This will mark the first time since 2006 that Walcott has played for a club outside of the Premier League – it will also be the first time he has played in League One.

How will former Arsenal star Theo Walcott fare at Reading?

Walcott’s deep wealth of experience and knowledge of football at the highest level will give him an edge over the rest of the players in League One – there are no other talents in the division who can boast Walcott’s glittering pedigree.

With that being said, Walcott may struggle to acclimatise to the physical nature of League One. He was never the strongest of attacking players – he generally relied on his electric pace to give him the edge over his opponents.

In his advanced age, this pace has all but disappeared. Nevertheless, in the third tier of English football, Walcott should be able to rely on his underrated technical ability to be a success.

Reading are currently in a bit of a mess – not only were they relegated from the Championship, they were also deducted six points along the way. Reading’s women’s team were also relegated at the end of the WSL, as they finished bottom of the table. To add to their misery, the club was handed a winding up petition by the HMRC in June.

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Theo Walcott football career summary

Born in 1989, Walcott was touted as a future superstar very early in his career. He joined Arsenal in 2006 for an eventual fee of £12 million.

Moreover, he was also called up to the 2006 England World Cup squad – he was just 17 at the time. While he had minimal impact on the tournament, his mere inclusion was an exciting sign of things to come.

Ultimately, Walcott never lived up to the monumental potential that some audiences thought he may – but nevertheless, he went on to score 65 goals in 270 appearances for Arsenal.


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