Theo Walcott says he can’t wait to play Sp*rs in the FA Cup and believes the attacking intent of Tim Sherwood’s side will make for an open game at the Emirates.
Saturday’s clash at the Emirates marks the first time the two teams have been paired in the FA Cup since Arsenal’s victory in the 2001 semi-final, and with both teams in decent form following a hectic Christmas Walcott spoke enthusiastically about the challenge ahead.
“I think it is going to be a bad time to play us as well. For the neutrals it is going to be a very interesting battle. The FA Cup is always special, for me, being English as well. I love the FA Cup.
“I can’t call it. It is one of those games that is going to be very open. Tottenham, since their new (managerial) appointment, have done very well to be fair to them but, like I say, they won’t want to play us.
“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.”
Walcott has been in impressive form since his return from injury last month netting five times and providing two assists. Given the paucity of attacking options at Arsene Wenger’s disposal he knows he needs to deliver a big performance to further cement his credentials as one of the club’s big game match-winners.
With five goals against Sp*rs since he moved to Arsenal, including three across the two 5-2 wins, he certainly knows how to do some damage. Let’s hope he can produce the goods again.