Arsenal secured their FA Cup progression with a 2-0 dismantling of their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the marquee showdown of the third round draw staged at the Emirates Stadium earlier today, January 4, however, one of the main stories of the match was not the result nor the goals struck by Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky either side of the half-time break, but the way Theo Walcott reacted to fan heckling from the Spurs section.
Prominent Arsenal Twitterer Piers Morgan lauded Walcott a hero for the gesture… it was not rude, lewd or not safe for work, but a simple reminder of what the score was to those who jeered and gesticulated at him with their fists.
ITV were broadcasting the game and naturally the incident was replayed in the studios post-match, to which host Adrian Chiles asked pundits and former professionals Ian Wright and Roy Keane: 'Could you argue he's [Walcott] inciting a riot?'
Wright responded by implying their was no wrong-doing on the Gunners star's part: 'They're [the Spurs fans] caning him, all he's doing… he's on the [stretcher] getting taken off, carried off in front of the Spurs fans and he's just telling them the score.'
Roy Keane added: 'Football fans can be idiots, he's giving a little bit back and the Tottenham fans can't take it.'
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