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Arsenal star Theo weds his childhood sweetheart

ARSENAL star Theo Walcott beamed as he tied the knot with childhood sweetheart Melanie Slade and said the marriage was "everything I could have wanted".

The pair staged their wedding at Castello di Vincigliata, near Florence, last week – a location that Walcott had tattooed on his arm to remember the day.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, which is also publishing the pictures of the wedding, he said: "It's fantastic to be able to finally call Melanie my wife."

The England star went on: "Now we're excited to see what the future holds for us.

"I don't think marriage will change our relationship – I hope not anyway, as it was already everything I could have wanted."

His new bride said the best part of the day was walking down the aisle to her groom: "That moment when I saw Theo waiting for me at the altar was so overwhelming.

"Your emotions are all over the place – you're so excited and euphoric because you're marrying this person whom you love so much, but there are some nerves there, too, because it's such a big step."