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.
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