Tottenham abuse won’t affect me, says Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott is ready to take from stick from Tottenham fans at White Hart Lane

Theo Walcott is not concerned by the abuse he will receive from Tottenham fans when Arsenal take on their rivals on Saturday.

The Gunners make the trip to White Hart Lane in the north London derby as they look to stretch their two-point lead over Spurs and break into the top four.

Walcott made a gesture to the Spurs fans as the forward was being stretchered off the pitch after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the FA Cup clash.

Speaking to London Evening Standard about the possible stick he may have to endure on Saturday, Walcott said: “Every player will get stick I am sure, but it is about just trying to go out there and perform.

“Any criticism won’t affect me at all. It is enjoyable.

“It is a bit different and is always a great atmosphere at White Hart Lane.”

Wenger’s side, who edged into the FA Cup fifth round last month, are behind fourth-placed Southampton on goal difference.

Arsenal beat Spurs on three occasions last season and have managed to avoid defeat in their last four meetings.

Both sets of fans always produce a great atmosphere at the north London derby, and Walcott says the rivalry is what makes these matches so special for him.

“It is probably the fixture I always look forward to playing in the most, to be fair,” he said.

“It is one of the biggest games for both sets of fans and this year it is going to be tight.”

Arsenal are expected to be without star man Alexis Sanchez, who has failed to recover in time from a hamstring injury, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are also sidelined.

MORE: Wenger admits Sanchez is desperate to play

Danny Welbeck has recovered from a thigh injury and may feature for the first time since 28 December.

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