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Arsenal fans react to Theo Walcott performance v City on Twitter

Arsenal lost 2-0 at home yesterday to the Premier League champions, with Theo Walcott missing a chance to throw in a headline-grabbing performance with his contract situation ongoing.

The 2-0 loss at home to Manchester City was hard for Arsenal fans to take, especially as going into the game against a team shorn of Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero they would have fancied their chances.

It was billed prior to the game as Walcott's striking exam - With the chance to really show what he could do as a striker against one of the league's top teams, with his contract situation still unresolved, despite some reports claiming it could all be tied up ahead of the match.

First of all, the question must be asked whether it is fair to judge Walcott on a game where his side were left with 10 men from the opening minutes?

The answer is still yes, Arsenal may have been disappointing as a whole, but Walcott had an opportunity to try and influence that with his movement and possession - on the few occasions he did have it.

Here is an interesting stat: Walcott touched the ball just 18 times - Just five more than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (13) who was subbed off in the 12th minute.

Walcott was clearly starved of service, but he didn't adapt to the game when Olivier Giroud came on, with Arsenal lacking cohesion, and it must be noted for the final 15 minutes of the game, the City also had just 10 men.

Walcott did manage to get two shots away, one of which landed on target, with Giroud and Podolski once each hitting the target but not the net.

So what did Arsenal fans make of his performance? Did he get it all wrong? Was it unfair to judge him based on his lack of service?

We took to Twitter to see what fans were saying about him...

@thearsenal_: My old man has also lost it with Walcott. "He doesn't move, Per offered more movement when he was up front."

@jcook_04: Walcott was shocking today. Unbelievable frustrating player.

@dido_gunner14: a lot of players was poor very poor tonight like Cazorla or Gibbs and evenwalcott it was a hard Exam for him as striker but he fail #Afc

@villekukko: Walcott once again got his only chance coming in from wide right. Play him there Wenger! Never in the centre, we've got Giroud there. #AFC

@bowieafc: Theo Walcott is a child! 'I am a striker so I will not venture away from the middle under any circumstances' #notastriker #Afc

@tom_c_88: How Walcott can demand £100k a week is beyond me #AFC

@bixbroadfoot: Don't like criticizing Wenger, but the general consensus amongst the clock end was that he shouldve brought on Theo at some point today#AFC

@arabgunner: He's fast but can't cross, and he definitely doesn't have the mind of a CF. I'm not sure he's worth the wage he will get. #theo #afc

@spiki67: Walcott really pissed me off today.No challenges, didn't chase, just stood in the middle waiting for through balls. Played for himself again

@philgooner25: O welcome back walcott and wenger out brigade! Idiots we played 85 mins with 10 men! Blame koscielny no one else! FFS #FICKLE

@paulponting: And another thing. Walcott up front was terrible, why did he not go wide left when Giroud came on? No support down there other than sagna

@lewis_dolan96: Sorry but why is Walcott taking free kicks now...

@mirrorfacex: Started terribly with the red, weren't good enough, Walcott can leave.Anonymous player when it matters. Buy some players Arsene, pronto

Let us know where you stand. What's your opinion on Arsenal and Walcott? 

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