Walcott is preparing to face Spurs on Saturday, with the North London Derby holding particular importance in the race for the top four this term, and he has told the Standard that Spurs have impressed him this year.
Arsene Wenger has strengthened the Gunners incredibly well in the last few weeks, whilst their close rivals have started to impress under Mauricio Pochettino. A number of late goals have rewarded them with points that maybe should not have been theirs, but the displays of Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris have been top quality, and there is no denying that the Argentine coach has had an effect upon the Lilywhites.
Arsenal have not lost since the New Year’s Day defeat to Southampton, and some shrewd January transfer business has seen Wenger build a squad possessing defensive depth for the first time in a number of years. There is still the belief that the squad is slightly lightweight in relation to the top teams in the division, but they look on course to secure a top four finish - despite the increased competitiveness of the league this year.
Regardless of their improvement, it has been Spurs who have been winning the plaudits this term, with Pochettino bringing his style of high-pressing play to White Hart Lane with a positive return. As the squad get more and more used to the system they can only improve, and they also look well set to break back into the top four for the first time since 2012.
One man who has been impressed by the Lilywhites this year is Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, who has discussed their style of play in an interview with the Standard.
The forward said: “They have been very comfortable on the ball, passing it well and pressing it high up. He [manager Mauricio Pochettino] likes his sides to be right on you from the start and they are difficult to break down. They have got a fantastic goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris, who is very sharp off his line. He is making some fantastic saves.”