Walcott started as a sub against West Brom .

Theo Walcott booed by section of Arsenal fans

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It's safe to say that England international Theo Walcott has had a mixed stint as an Arsenal player. 

The versatile forward has starred for the north London outfit for a decade now, but, in all honesty, he's yet to reach his potential. 

So much was expected of Walcott when he arrived at the club at the tender age of 16. In fact, when Gunners chief Arsene Wenger managed to get his hands on the youngster, he insisted that, despite the deal being a gamble, Walcott was a huge prospect. 


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But has the gamble paid off? Well, it's a debate that the Arsenal faithful have probably had time and time again in recent years. 

For one reason or another, he has never truly become a leading player for both club and country. In fact, it has recently been documented that he could be on the move at the end of the season. 

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Booing Walcott 

As it stands, he's struggling to maintain a place in the Arsenal first team and he once again had to settle for a place on the bench as the Gunners played host to West Brom in the Premier League on Thursday night. 


But Walcott's failure to secure a place in the team probably wasn't his lowest point of the contest.

Indeed, as he came on as a second-half substitute, sections of the Emirates crowd were heard booing him. 

And social media duly reacted: 

There were comparisons with Rooney 

Back in 2006, Wenger appeared to be pretty sure that he was on to something with the signing of Waloctt. He had even been compared to Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. 

As per the BBC, the Frenchman stated: "Theo Walcott is a very young player, but has already shown in his performances for Southampton that he is a talented player with huge potential.

"I also like the fact that he is a versatile player who is incredibly dedicated, shows great determination to succeed and is blessed with electric pace.

"We are delighted Theo has signed for the club and will make a fantastic addition to our squad.

"There is always a gamble when you take young players. But I was ready to take that gamble.

"We did things properly with Southampton, then the agents, the family, the player.

"He made his decision and we would have respected whatever he decided but we were keen to get him.

"He is comparable to Wayne (Rooney) at his age. You have to be cautious with comparisons.


"Rooney has made big steps forward and justified what people said about him and I feel Theo can do the same."

Arsenal fans: will Walcott ever live up to his potential? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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