A number of Southampton fans were frustrated with the performance of Theo Walcott during the Saints’ 3-1 defeat against Arsenal at St Mary’s on Tuesday night.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were looking to emulate their 1-0 win against the Gunners in the FA Cup fourth round at St Mary’s on Saturday, but they were unable to produce the same level of performance last night. Arsenal had kept some of their players fresh for the league meeting and that ultimately proved to be the difference as the Saints fell to a second successive league defeat.

One player who endured a challenging night was Walcott, who was hoping that he could score against his former club as he did in the meeting at the Emirates Stadium last month. However, on this occasion, the 31-year-old’s finishing abilities and decision-making in the final third were consistently lacking, which prevented him taking advantage of getting into some dangerous positions.

Walcott has been an impressive performer since he made the return to St Mary’s last year, but this was a frustrating evening for him. He failed to record a successful dribble and was also guilty of giving away the ball on nine occasions (Sofascore).

Southampton needed more from him in the final third to get something from the game and he was the only one of their four attacking players not to record a key pass. Also, his meagre total of 13 successful passes was the second lowest of the Saints’ starting XI (Sofascore).

Saints fans lament Theo Walcott’s performance 

Many Southampton fans were left annoyed by Walcott’s poor decision-making and his inability to make the most of the chances which fell his way. There were even a couple of suggestions that he might need to be rested by Hasenhuttl with Nathan Redmond back fit.

Would you rest Walcott in the next few games?

Yes

No