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World Player of the Week
Theo Walcott
 
AGE 23
POSITION Attacker
FOR Arsenal
WEEK IN NUMBERS
APPS (GOALS SCORED) 1 (3)
TIME ON PITCH 90
PREVIOUS WINS 0
Arsenal
7-3 Newcastle

Theo Walcott continued to make a sterling case for being offered a new Arsenal contract by scoring a sublime hat-trick from a striking role in a 7-3 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

The Gunners and the Magpies contested a thrilling battle at the Emirates, in which the England international opened the scoring with a perfect finish from inside the area. Three times Alan Pardew's men levelled the score, but a flurry of goals in the last 10 minutes ensured all three points went to Arsene Wenger's side.

His goals caused Wenger to confess that he is no longer considering bringing Thierry Henry in on loan, while the performance could only have strengthened Walcott's hand as he continues to negotiate a new deal with the club's hierarchy.

Goal.com's Enis Koylu: "Walcott is now a completely different player from the one he was just 12 short months ago. Having started the season on the bench, he has not only forced his way into Arsene Wenger's first team with his performances this season, but also won his place in his preferred role as a central striker.

"Arsenal have found their replacement to Robin van Persie now, and it is imperative that they offer him whatever terms he wants to keep him at the club. They simply cannot afford to see another star leave, and a star he certainly is."

Congratulations to Theo Walcott, Goal.com's 189th World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Gareth Bale - Tottenham

Sion Jones: "Has to be Bale. Welsh legend."

Goal.com's Jamie Dunn: "Scored a hat-trick as Spurs brushed aside a struggling Aston Villa, before impressing again in a comeback victory over Sunderland."

Pablo Counago - Kitchee

Ishmael Ali: "Top strikes from Counago."

Goal.com's Miles Chambers: "The Spaniard (pictured, second-from-top-right) scored twice en route to a 7-2 triumph for Kitchee against Hong Kong Rangers."

Jamie Murphy - Motherwell

Alan Smith: "Jamie Murphy got three goals in two games, and was great all-round"

Goal.com's Stepen McIlkenny: "His goals might end up being his last for the club as a deserved transfer looms."

Jon Walters - Stoke City

Thomas Nelson: "Stoke scoring goals?! Walters was their best of the attackers, for sure."

Goal.com's Joe Wright: "His superbly-controlled volley showed he has the ability to match his commendable effort."

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