Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has told the London Evening Standard that he has a good relationship with Tottenham Hotspur's supporters.
Walcott is currently coming back from an injury that he picked up against Spurs in the North London derby at the start of 2014 and his actions in that game are well remembered by supporters of the Lilywhites.
As Walcott was being stretchered off he made a 2-0 gesture with his hands, to reflect Arsenal's advantage, right in front of the Tottenham fans, but he insists that it hasn't had a detrimental affect on his relationship with Spurs' supporters.
“Me and the Tottenham fans have a good relationship in terms of the banter side of things," he said to the London Evening Standard. "That's what comes with football. This is a massive game and it is all about the bragging rights."
Walcott will be harbouring ambitions of starting against Tottenham on Saturday and he will be hoping for a happier outcome than in his last game against the Gunners' north London rivals.
Although the England international was happy to joke as he was carried off with injury, the severity of the problem has kept him out for nearly 12 months.
Walcott is back now though, and his goal against Aston Villa in the Gunners' last fixture is sure to have given him confidence that he is edging closer to his best.
His return has been a timely boost for Arsenal and he looks set to be a key player for the remainder of the season, as they aim to beat Tottenham to a top-four spot.