Arsenal's season may have ended on something of a positive note on Sunday as they pipped arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur to second place on the final day of the season to maintain their two-decade-long record of finishing above their neighbours.
That was the Gunners' highest finish in 11 years, but for several individual players Monday had just as much personal significance as the win over Aston Villa as Roy Hodgson announced his 26-man provisional squad for Euro 2016.
Jack Wilshere was included despite having less than two matches' worth of first-team action under his belt this season, but there were no places for stars such as the injured Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and previous England internationals Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers.
However, the most high-profile exclusion was that of Theo Walcott, who at the age of 27 already has 43 caps to his name across a decade with the Three Lions senior side.
Walcott has endured a largely underwhelming season, coming in for criticism from Arsenal fans, neutrals, and pundits alike for patchy form and frequent anonymous performances.
The winger ended the season with nine goals from 41 matches in all competitions, but only five of those strikes came in the Premier League and he failed to either impress on the wing or make a strong case to be selected in a central attacking role.
After having been called up to - but not featuring in - the 2006 World Cup at the age of 17, Walcott has appeared at just a single major tournament in the form of Euro 2012, being overlooked for the 2010 World Cup and missing the 2014 tournament through injury.
This latest omission will come as a huge blow to the star, but his defenders on social media were few and far between, with most Arsenal supporters apparently feeling that he can have no complaints with being left out.
Walcott has no one but himself to blame for Townsend taking his place— groovy tony (@secondfoe) May 16, 2016
As for Walcott, I think he as well as everyone knows he wasn't good enough this season. Should use this as motivation to improve next season— Optimistic Gooner (@OptimistGooner_) May 16, 2016
No Walcott in the England squad. Best thing for him might give him a bit of a reality check— Arteta/Rosicky/Flam (@Anthony_Hacking) May 16, 2016
Walcott's omission was harsh in 2010 and injury meant he missed out in 2014. In 2016, however, he just doesn't deserve a spot.— Callum (@callumjp92) May 16, 2016
Walcott not getting picked could make him a better player...he needed this eye opener— Jay Alexis Özil (@JayGooner1) May 16, 2016
Walcott misses out and rightly so. Has been woeful this season.— Asif (@Invincibles_49) May 16, 2016
Walcott has scored many big goals in big games for us, but he lacks conviction and the real hunger to be great. Change could do him good.— Pablo (@AFCAMDEN) May 16, 2016