Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has this week been reflecting on his relationship with the Tottenham Hotspur fans ahead of the North London Derby on Saturday.
Walcott infamously reminded the Spurs fans of the score at the Emirates Stadium in January of 2014 in the F.A Cup as he was carried off with what was thought to be an innocuous injury; however, the England international was then out for 10 months.
The 25-year-old has scored in a number of derbies across his nine year stay at Arsenal and will be one of the players on the pitch that understands what the importance of the fixture,
We defeated ‘them lot’ down the road three times last season without conceding a goal, but a 1-1 draw at home was a disappointing result given the difference in the quality of both sides on the day.
“That is in the past,” Walcott told the Evening Standard.
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“Me and the Tottenham fans have a good relationship in terms of the banter side of things. That’s what comes with football. This is a massive game and it is all about the bragging rights.
“Things like that have happened in the past and it won’t be forgotten about, I’m sure, but it is one thing I’ve moved on from. Every player will get stick I am sure but it is about just trying to go out there and perform.”
With Alexis Sanchez out with a hamstring injury, the pressure is on Walcott to provide the outlet in the Arsenal team as he aims to add to the two goals he has scored in his last two games.