Ledley King: Why I wouldn’t want to face Arsenal striker Theo Walcott

Ledley King runs rule over Arsenal striker Theo Walcott

Ledley King says he wouldn’t like to face Arsenal striker Theo Walcott if the Tottenham Hotspur legend was still playing.

The former England international called time on his career in 2012 after having failed to overcome a long-standing knee problem.

Walcott would worry me more because his pace is a defender’s nightmare

Ledley King

Walcott, meanwhile, has been a part of the Arsenal set-up since 2008, although a string of injury issues have hampered his progress.

The 25-year-old has scored two goals in his last three games after being preferred ahead of France striker Olivier Giroud.

And former Tottenham captain King revealed that he is a big admirer of the Arsenal forward ahead of the League Cup third-round clash at White Hart Lane.

King told Sky Sports: “Walcott would worry me more because his pace is a defender’s nightmare. Any striker can score a goal but I’d back my tools.

“I think I was strong enough and quick enough to adapt to any opponent. But they’re [Walcott and Giroud] both goalscorers and they’re both top players who need to be watched carefully.”

Walcott scored against Stoke City and Dinamo Zagreb but couldn’t trouble the Chelsea defence in a 2-0 defeat by the defending Premier League champions.

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The Gunners lost 2-1 to Tottenham on their last visit to White Hart Lane after Harry Kane scored a second-half brace.

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