Arsenal star Theo Walcott has proposed to girlfriend Melanie Slade.

The Sunday Mirror says it's taken him seven years to propose to his girlfriend Melanie.

To be fair, childhood sweethearts Theo and Mel are both only 22. England and Arsenal ace Theo went down on one knee - hopefully not the one he injured last year - and presented Mel with an engagement ring, which has one huge diamond and two ­smaller ones either side, on New Year's Eve at their home in Hertfordshire.

One source said: "Mel is over the moon, the ring is ­stunning."

Theo and Mel had hoped to keep the news quiet - but the huge sparkler on her finger made that impossible.