Stats prove injury-plagued Walcott has been asset to Arsenal

Question marks have been raised over Theo Walcott’s importance to Arsenal throughout his 11-year career at the North London outfit.

Since signing from Southampton in a deal thought to cost around £10m, the England international has experienced bouts of inconsistency.

The 27-year-old has flitted between roles as a winger and striker, but this season has been his best in front of goal since 2012-13 having scored 11 times in 20 appearances in all competitions.

Injuries continue to be a problem for Walcott, though, as the graphic below shows that he has missed 688 days across the past 11 years because of fitness problems.

Despite that, the Englishman still has a strong record of 96 goals and 72 assists, and he has even had a season as the Gunners’ top scorer.

Walcott’s minutes per goal/assist ratio of 176 is not too bad either considering his injury past, so perhaps the player is more valuable to the club than first thought.

In terms of honours, the attacking player has scooped two FA Cups, which were won back to back in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.