Arsenal star Theo Walcott on what makes Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane a 'next level' striker

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The Gunners frontman has lauded one particular quality of his Spurs rival.

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has claimed Tottenham rival Harry Kane’s style of play is an example of the next level for front-men in football, in quotes published by the Express.

The 26-year old was speaking at an England press conference yesterday when he reflected on what he needs to add to his game.

Walcott’s performance in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Manchester United last weekend was praised for its energy and work-rate and he singled out Alexis Sanchez and Kane as two forwards who represent the next generation of strikers.

"And with that work-rate - if he (Sanchez) can do it then why can't I do it? Maybe that was missing a few years ago. Now I've really thought I need to step up and players like that help. I see it here with England as well,” said Walcott.

"In training this morning the amount of hard work everyone was doing tracking back, winning the ball back. Harry Kane making a 40-, 50-metre run just to get the ball back and that's the next level in football, work-rate."

Playing on the front foot and pressing United’s backline worked well for Walcott on Sunday as Arsenal blew away Louis van Gaal’s men, going three goals up within 20 minutes.

He will now look to transfer that form to the international stage while for Kane, the Euro qualifiers represent a chance the find the net without the weight of expectation that surrounds him at Spurs after a frustrating start to the season.

The 22-year old has just one Premier League goal to his name this season and will need to convert his well-renowned work-rate into reliable end product sooner rather than later, if he is going to match the achievements of last season.

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