Theo Walcott raring to go ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Tottenham

Theo Walcott admits that he "can't wait" for Arsenal's FA Cup clash with fierce local rivals Tottenham

Theo Walcott
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott Photo: Nike

Theo Walcott admits that he “can’t wait” for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with fierce local rivals Tottenham on Saturday.

The Gunners got the better of their north London neighbours back in September when Arsene Wenger’s men recorded a 1-0 win over Spurs in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium.

Every time Tottenham come here or we go there, you want to put 100 per cent in

Theo Walcott

But Walcott, who scored Arsenal’s second goal in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff, is predicting an open third-round tie against Tim Sherwood’s men.

“For the neutrals it’s going to be a very interesting battle,” Walcott told Arsenal’s website. “It’s one of those games that’s going to be very open, I’m pretty sure of that.

“The first fixture I always look at is Tottenham. Every time Tottenham come here or we go there, you want to put 100 per cent in, and more if you can.

“It’s at The Emirates, we’re trying to make our stadium into a fortress and we are starting to do that.

“These are massive games, the games that everyone wants to be part of. We’ve had a busy festive period going into the new year and everyone needs to recover well which we have been doing.

“Hopefully players can come back but [for] Tottenham, we’ve got to be right up for that. I can’t wait for that game.

“Hard work will decide it. If everyone’s doing their jobs right and working hard for each other – that’s what it comes down to in the end.

“We have that trust in the dressing room. Everyone trusts each other and when you have that you’re going to build on that and go from strength to strength.”

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