Theo Walcott recently blew the candles out on 10 years at Arsenal and the club have marked the landmark in earnest fashion, but is the celebration necessary?
Walcott arrived from Southampton in 2006 as the next, next big thing, to come through in English football.
The fact Sven Goran-Eriksson, on Arsene Wenger’s advice, took him to the 2006 World Cup as a teenager only amplified the expectation that England had finally produced it’s very own world superstar.
However, Walcott and Arsenal hasn’t necessarily been the marriage that both the player and manager would have liked.
When Walcott arrived the Gunners had finished first or second in each of the previous eight campaigns, winning the title in 1998, 2002 and 2004, and a continuation of this success was anticipated, if not expected, by both parties.
Fast forward 10 years though and Arsenal have failed to finish as high as even second since, with two FA Cups the sum total of their combined efforts over the past decade.
Walcott has netted 81 goals in an injury-hit Emirates carer, playing just 325 games since leaving the Saints.
He has also set-up a similar number of goals but the fact he still yearns to play as a central striker at the age of 26 indicates that despite 10 years under Wenger he is still a player offering more potential than substance.
So today we’re asking you to have your say on how good a signing Walcott has been. Is the England man a big hit or a massive flop?
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