Walcott excited by Sp*rs showdown

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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.

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Heroldgoon

Sp*rs sherwood not want to face us right now.

yo

ba-dum tiss

Anselmus

President Bush!

TA6 Legend

Sp*rs are Wa*kers and I F*cking hate the sluts

dink arnold

sl*ts?

MTZ

Hey mate, don’t diss sluts. They don’t deserve that kind of insult. Imagine, being talked about in the same sentence as that rubbish club.

Merlin's Panini

Here’s to another 5-2

特别的人

Lets upvote this so it becomes 5-2 :>

Merlin's Panini

If Sp*rs go gungho like they have been recently we could absolutely destroy them on the break. In that case Ryo, Walcott and Gnabry as the front three on the break could be quite fun to watch.

heihaci

Ryo is too green to cause any damage

Merlin's Panini

Green? Have I missed something?

Dr Baptiste

He means inexperienced and young, although how people think players get experience without playing is a question that I always like answered

Kermit

It’s not easy being green.

Fergie the Gooner

You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry…

2013-2014 = 2003-2004
2013-2014 = 2003-2004

Ryo is still not physically strong enough to ward off fullbacks stuck to him like glue, as witnessed in the Carling Cup loss to Chelsea in October.

However Kyle Walker is a shit defender and who is constantly marauding forwards brainlessly. Ryo’s speed and decent crossing of the ball could be dangerous against Sp*rs tomorrow in what should be an open FA Cup game.

Wenger thinks England are shite in World Cups and Euros partly due to a lack of a winter break and I agree. Ozil/Ramsey/Giroud/Gibbs are all getting two weeks off which could be vital when we face Bayern Munich next month. Wouldn’t mind if Cazorla/Koscielny/Mertesacker/Scheczny all rested tomorrow too.

Viviano (the bloke deserves a game)

Jenkinson-Sagna (centre half)-Vermalen-Monreal

Arteta (subbed at HT by Flamini) – Rosicky (subbed in 2nd half by Zelalem)

Gnabry-Wilshere-Ryo (subbed in 2nd half by Podolski)

Walcott

Ricky

I’m glad we’ve to this tie as I’d become too blasé about the FA Cup in recent years. Here’s to thumping the Spuds and their overrated former cone-collector Sherwood.

McGooner

Theo can’t wait to play against spuds and score a hattrick

Vlad

Diego Costa lot of money

Dr Baptiste

No…. just no

Heroldgoon

This made me lol so hard.

Go on….

Mooo

I would throw in this team: Sczc; Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koss, Monreal; Flamini, Zelalem; Podolski, Wilshere, Walcott, Akpom.

fredflintstein

I cant see Zelalem or Akpom coming on unless we’re 5-0 up with 10 mins to go & they’re down to 9 men with Adebayor in goal.

Mooo

Yeah, I think the Cardiff match proved that some small teams are a bit hard to beat at home as well. Arteta and Cazorla in for Zelalem and Akpom would be fine.

dink arnold

You forgot Park

goonernim

What does he mean ‘he can’t call it’? Defeat is not an option young Theodore!!!

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

oh youngling!

Yacine

I think what he really meant was (I may be paraphrasing a bit): “I’m not allowed to call it or people will think me an arrogant cunt. But really, who the fuck are we kidding?”

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

I read somewhere, amongst the many NY resolutions, that the difference between try and triumph is the ‘umph’. give it some umph Theo. Go on then. just some umph.

GRATUITOUSLY LOUD CAPS GOON
GRATUITOUSLY LOUD CAPS GOON

UMPH

Dr Baptiste

and the Y instead of the I….

Joel

Rosicky must start

Zaharaddeen Getso

Ozil should not play, let him recover well for villa game please

Dr Baptiste

Would the 9 days not be enough?

AP

I have a feeling he wasnt injured, it was just his winter break in disguise.

Heroldgoon

Gilberto silva is back trainning with Arsenal.All the way from Brazil mind you. the awesomeness on the trainning ground tho?

tariq

was just wondering if it could really be him as i tried to get a closer look at the out-of-focus training pic! dint hear anything about it though.

Javis

With 9 days to Villa we should put out as strong a team as possible, Cazorla is still working his way back to top form as is Podolski. Wilshere should be very fresh also.

The Cup will be 3rd of our priorities but we have an opportunity to knock out q potential winner here, I’d certainly like to have the option if winning this trophy as a back-up!

Merlin's Panini

potential winner… good one.

Wilkö

Hopefully as ‘our man on the inside’, Mr Sherwood will do what he has to do.
But we have to accept that he needs to at least pretend to the press eh?

Trapped in Wenger's basement
Trapped in Wenger's basement

Me too

Trapped in Wenger's basement
Trapped in Wenger's basement

I hope the boss lets TV5 play. Can’t wait! COYG!!!

Goon

It would be sensible to play Verm instead of BFG just to guard against injuries. Gnabry on the left? or central with Podolski on the left? They will set up to counter I think. Rosicky, Wilshere, Flamini as midfield trio.

Dr Baptiste

Surely you put your best team out to keep your run going. We have just won two games in a row so need to make it three to keep confidence and form up

AP

Not to mention how much fun it wud be to defeat spuds just when they have beaten Utd and think they have turned a corner and are dreaming of top 4. A spud with hope makes for a tastier meal than one without.

Arsepedant

Let’s just smash these cunts.

santori

The sort of ‘adventurous’ game Sherwood has Spurs playing at the moment may suit Podolski and Walcott on the break.

The trick will be to hold solid defensively against their two strikers (should they elect to do so) and be able to hit quickly on the break.

Rosicky, Santi and Jack (+Arteta) will have to transition us as quickly as possible and find BOTH Podolski or Walcott as outlets working in tandem (closer to a 4-4-2 for us in that respect)

Spurs will likely try and pack in the middle with their surfeit of ‘tall bruising DMs’ (orcs)

Thereby our outlet must be out wide and the support of both Sagna and Monreal going forward will be crucial for the front pair of Poldy and Theo. judging by the fullbacks’ performances against Cardiff, this augurs well for us.

i don’t think it was fair to think that Podolski (and the team) would have been able to adjust to a slightly different style of play without Giroud (or Bendtner’s) strength so quickly.

Where Giroud/Bedntner are useful for 80% of teams we face who sit back and defend deep, I think a team with serious delusions like Spurs may be ample opportunity for us as they try to come out and duke it out with us toe to toe.

There will be space for both Podolski and Walcott to profit from but the key is to release them quickly. If our build up form midfield goes through the middle solely and is ponderous, they will get the better of us

santori

………………Podolski………………………….
………………………………………Walcott….
Santi………………Rosicky…………………….
……………Flamini*………..Jack……………….
Monreal……Koscielny…….Per………Sagna
…………………….Szsc………………………

* or Arteta. Think for rotational issues maybe Flamini but Arteta offers better balls out from deep.

The key is to release both Podolski and Walcott

if they drop deep, Podolski should likely come slightly deeper for the ball but we then must have at least a presence in the box in either Walcott darting in or one of Rosicky or Jack into the 6 yard which means both players have to move up quickly in support.

Santi will likely dart in field where he does damage and is harder to track which means Rosicky has to pair up with Monreal on the left to offer width there. It will otherwise restrict our outlet to RW and Walcott and make it easy for Spurs to congest the area.

samba

Will it be 5pur2 again?

Sebas

Let’s see. We plays the spuds tomorrow…at the grove…then have nine days rest till the next match…I really do not see why there shouldn’t be a full strength team tomorrow.

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