As most people know, it's important not to believe everything you read.
In football, this is especially true, because most, if not all, media outlets will try and stir the pot with rumors that have little to no credibility.
Just ask Arsenal fans, who have seen their club linked to rumors that have had major pieces leaving the roster in what has seemed like a massive first-team exodus.
Gael Clichy is the first to go, and the media has Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri departing as well.
To anyone in the know, this would seem strange, seeing as Walcott hasn't been heard from this offseason and hasn't been linked to any move until this report, which doesn't source anyone in confirming either side's interest.
In fact, the story only gets crazier as it links embattled manager Arsene Wenger to a move back home to his native France.
Per the Daily Mail:
Wenger has been linked to Paris St-Germain, who have been bought by Qatari Sports Investment and has made no secret of his desire to return one day to his home town of Strasbourg and help the ailing club.'I'd like to help but it's not possible to do it now, not with my job at Arsenal,' he told Alsace 20 TV station. When asked if he would be prepared to put up €15m to save Strasbourg from bankruptcy, Wenger paused and said: 'No.'
He added: 'I have contacts with the shareholders at Paris because I work with them outside of football. But I have always respected my contracts in content and length, and here I have three years left and I firmly intend to see them out.'
The sad truth is this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Walcott/Wenger report is crazy, to say the least, but it's still enough to send fans into an uproar if they see the headline floating around the Internet.
Football media outlets love to create gossip, but Arsenal has become a favorite target, possibly because of the tangible angst within the fanbase, created by a lack of first-team success in recent years.
Arsenal supporters are some of the best in football, and the lack of trophies has taken a proud fanbase and made them desperate for a sign of life from the club, and the media has exploited that emotion and used it to their advantage.
Now, as Wenger struggles to keep his top players, it's easy to throw a player like Walcott and a club like Chelsea out there and stir the pot.
The truth of the matter is that Walcott isn't going anywhere and neither is Wenger, but it won't stop outlets like the Daily Mail from trying to give every Gunners fan out there heartburn until the end of the transfer window.