Arsenal fans are unsure how to feel about Theo Walcott’s potential departure, after rumours that the 28-year-old could be ending his 11-year stay at the Emirates.
In recent days, there have been rumours that Arsenal have told Walcott he can leave the club in January, with West Ham and Southampton linked initially, and Everton now also rumoured to be interested.
In general, Walcott hasn’t been the most popular figure at the Emirates recently. This was emphasised by the largely negative social media response to his return from injury.
However, now that it seems like the 28-year-old might actually leave the club, there has been more of a mixed reaction to the news.
Some believe that the winger still has his part to play in North London:
I'm with you. I think Walcott will be useful for the team – especially with more game time.
— Henrik Hindby (@HenrikHindby) December 5, 2017
Others are still unconvinced by Walcott’s Arsenal contribution, and believe that the England international should’ve moved on a long time ago:
He robbed a living at this club. Yeah his scored alot of goals but over the amount of games his played its not that impressive. Should of been sold ages ago
— Rob (@RobAfc91) December 5, 2017
Then there were those who thought it was best for the two parties to move on but still had good feelings for him:
Hes not a player Arsenal needs at the moment. but, he sure deserves the respect for all these years he played. I wish him best.
— Bino K Biji (@Binokbiji) December 5, 2017
Disgrace seeing the fans excited at Theo's potential departure.
Scored over 100 goals for the Arsenal despite the injuries.
Sure, He din't live up to his potential but he's been a very useful player for us.
Will be happy for him if he leaves. He deserves more respect.#afc pic.twitter.com/yyTDmI9qcf
— Lets Talk Arsenal (@ltarsenal) December 5, 2017
Overall, it’s undeniable that Walcott played for the club over a very difficult transition period, and nonetheless managed to score a lot of goals.
He didn’t choose to move on when he had the chance, and has shown more loyalty to Arsenal than most in the last decade, and if nothing else, that’s worthy of some recognition.