|Avoiding controversy: Walcott in Van Persie's United shirt which he picked up in the tunnel after the match.|
It belonged to his former Arsenal team-mate Van Persie, with the pair exchanging jerseys in the Emirates Stadium tunnel moments after the final whistle.
Santos was the subject of a furious reaction from supporters after making a beeline to Van Persie at half-time of the Gunners defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
|Goalscorer: Walcott scored the opening goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United|
|Criticised: Santos angered Wenger and Arsenal fans for asking Van Persie to swap shirts at half-time of Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford last November|
The left back was also criticised by Arsene Wenger for his decision to approach Van Persie for his shirt.
Walcott's wise decision to swap shirts in private has helped avoid a similar storm.
|Walcott And RVP in their days together at Arsenal|
|RVP Applauding his loyal fans|