Walcott: Tottenham have done very well, to be fair

The Gunners forward is looking forward to Saturday's North London derby in the FA Cup.

When asked by the Guardian whether he felt now was maybe not the best time to face a resurgent Tottenham side, Theo Walcott had just one thing to say: "It's going to be a bad time to play us as well."

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has been discussing the tie of the third round that will take place at the Emirates this weekend, and despite admitting to some uncertainty over which way the match will go, he's clearly eagerly anticipating the fixture.

"For the neutrals, it's going to be a very interesting battle," said Walcott. "I can't call it. It's one of those games that's going to be very open. The FA Cup is always special for me, being English. I love the FA Cup.

"Since their new appointment, Tottenham have done very well, to be fair to them. But like I say, they won't want to play us. And it's at the Emirates. We're trying to make our stadium into a fortress and we are starting to do that."

Arsenal's home form has indeed been strong since the opening day defeat to Aston Villa, with the club winning 10 0f 14 games. What may be of alarm to supporters is that the two losses came in cup competitions against Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea. Now Spurs, who have won 10 out of 12 points in the Premier League under Sherwood, are coming to visit.

Facing Tottenham, one of the league's best away teams with 7 wins in their 10 games, will clearly be an intriguing challenge given both sides' records, but it is one that Walcott is relishing. "The first fixture I always look at is Tottenham," said the England man. "Every time Tottenham come here or we go there, you want to put 100% in. These are massive games."

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