Theo dedicates his landmark Arsenal goal to late friend Luke

Last updated at 15:47 25 October 2007

Theo Walcott's first ever goal at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday night was a welcome milestone for the teenager but the ups and downs of his football career have been kept in perspective by a recent family tragedy.

As 59,000 Arsenal fans rose to acclaim Walcott's first of two goals against Slavia Prague, the striker pointed up to the sky and mouthed "that's for you" in memory of his friend Luke Amos, reports The Independent.

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Theo Walcott salutes late friend

Like Walcott, Amos came from Newbury in Berkshire and was just 20 when he was killed last month. The promising musician died when his motorcycle was in a collision with a four-by-four vehicle.

Amos' older brother Ryan is the partner of Walcott's sister Holly and the couple have two children.

It is understood that Walcott was with Ryan in the family home when the news of his brother Luke's accident was broken. In his post-match interviews he said the goal was dedicated to Luke.

His life may be very different to that of the average English 18 year-old but Walcott has not been spared the harsher lessons of life that every teenager encounters.

Ryan, who gave a speech at his brother's funeral earlier this month, was not at the game on Tuesday although he usually watches Arsenal home and away with the Walcott family – who are a very close bunch.

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