Much has been made over the Twitter warfare that erupted between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur fans in the aftermath of Theo Walcott's 2-0 gesturing to Spurs supporters during the Gunners' triumph over their North London rivals at the weekend.
Arsenal knocked the visiting Lilywhite side out of the FA Cup, progressed to the fourth round of the competition, but will have to do without Walcott until next season as Arsene Wenger lamented the loss of the Englishman due to a knee injury; a rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament.
Red and white club legend Ian Wright even declared that Spurs fans rejoicing over the news of Theo's injury when they have £105m-worth of new players to cheer instead is 'sad', adding that the messages he had seen about Arsenal fan references to the holocaust caused him to be 'ashamed'.
Not all Arsenal and Tottenham supporters were creating hate-filled messages, however.
While some did indeed play up to Walcott's initial gesture…
Others offered a far more polite approach to the whole ordeal by reminding other fans that the 2-0 sign shouldn't ever have caused issues and that his presence in the England camp would only have benefited the national cause for the World Cup in Brazil.
One supporter even wished the rival forward a 'speedy recovery', while another expressed wariness that it could force Arsene Wenger's hand in the transfer market, potentially making Arsenal an even better side than Tottenham.
As far as I'm aware Walcott simply did a 2 - 0 sign surely decent Spurs fans don't have a problem with that do we ? #COYS— Gary Malyon (@GMalyon) January 5, 2014
I see that Walcott is out for the season! Oh dear! On behalf of all Spurs fans may I wish him a speedy recovery! #COYS— Orla Hannon (@redOrly) January 7, 2014