Arsenal supporters were critical over the performance of Theo Walcott following Sunday’s shock FA Cup defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger picked a lineup composing entirely of second-string players, and they failed to show up at the City Ground as they succumbed to a disappointing 4-2 loss.
Having won the competition in three of the last four seasons, the faithful would have expected a much better performance against an out-of-form Forest side, but the frontline of Danny Welbeck and Walcott largely struggled to make an impact.
Walcott has been the subject of strong criticism owing to his inconsistent performances in recent years, and even his firm believers were not sympathising with his showing at Forest, where his awareness in front of goal was way off the mark.
Here are the Twitter reactions:
— Jason Trillo (@Trillo7359) January 7, 2018
— Andy James (@doberman2010) January 7, 2018
— GOONER ELK (@goonerelk) January 7, 2018
— Anand Kumar Sai (@AnandKumarSai) January 7, 2018
What a bunch of fucking #cockwombles no fucking heart, passion or fight. #iwobi quit football lad, take up fucking knitting!! #Walcott. Quit #arsenal and go to a club where you are given a chance. #mertesacker go buy a walking stick…your useless #NFFCvAFC
— mobberley HB (@MobberleyHb) January 7, 2018
— kebin Ogie (@kebinreal) January 7, 2018
With just 18 months left on his existing deal, Walcott’s time could be up before the winter transfer window, but it appears that he is eyeing a move abroad to the Serie A or Ligue 1.
According to Calciomercato, AC Milan have reportedly declined the opportunity to pursue the former Southampton graduate, and he is now being lined up for a potential move to French outfit Nice.
Aside from Walcott, there could be further departures with Mathieu Debuchy also lining up an exit to increase his playing time whilst there is still uncertainty surrounding the contractual situations of both Sanchez and Ozil.
Walcott is likely to find himself on the substitutes’ bench when the Gunners take on Chelsea in the first-leg of the League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
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