Arsenal’s Theo Walcott wants to make up for FA Cup disappointment
Theo Walcott is eyeing FA Cup glory this weekend
Theo Walcott says he is desperate to taste FA Cup glory after the Arsenal striker missed last season’s final due to injury.
The England international was sidelined for 10 months after the forward tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the third round.
For me personally it would be fantastic [to do well in the cup] because of the disappointment of last year
Arsene Wenger’s side went on to reach the Wembley final and come from behind to beat Hull City 3-2 after extra-time, ending their nine-year silverware drought.
Understandably, Walcott was disappointed to miss the showpiece, and the 25-year-old wants to help Arsenal retain their trophy this season.
“I remember a few years ago we won 3-2 there,” Walcott told Arsenal’s website. “Me and Jack came off the bench and we managed to win it in the end, but it was a tough game.
“It’s a lovely stadium, the changing rooms are fantastic and the fans were absolutely brilliant and the pitch is great as well. It is going to be a great test and Chris Hughton is manager now – and he is a very good manager.
“A lot of people say some players have lost some love for [the competition] but not for me at all. I am sure our players, having won it last year, will want to hold on to the trophy so it is important to start well.
“For me personally it would be fantastic [to do well in the cup] because of the disappointment of last year. That is something I am desperate to achieve this year.
“It was hard to take definitely, missing [the final]. But it is one of those things that happen in football and things happen for a reason.”
Arsenal make the trip to Championship outfit Brighton Hove and Albion for their fourth-round tie on Sunday.
The north London side beat the Seagulls in the FA Cup fourth-round almost two years ago.
Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal the lead twice but Ashley Barnes and Leonardo Ulloa cancelled out the France international’s strikes.
However, Walcott scored a dramatic 88th-minute winner to seal the Gunenrs’s progress to the next round.