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Arsenal's Theo Walcott applauds the fans at the end of the match during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott applauds the fans at the end of the match during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott applauds the fans at the end of the match during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

THEO WALCOTT has warned north London rivals Tottenham it is a "bad time" for them to be facing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday's FA Cup third round clash.

The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League table, one point ahead of Manchester City, after a late double salvo secured a 2-0 victory over Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium on New Year's Day.

This weekend, though, will be all about the FA Cup as the top-flight clubs enter the world's oldest knockout competition, with the north London derby set for the primetime TV slot on late Saturday afternoon.

Spurs have found some form under new boss Tim Sherwood to record a hard-earned 2-1 win at Manchester United but Walcott maintains tackling the league leaders on their own ground will be different.

"I think it is going to be a bad time to play us. Tottenham have done very well but it is at the Emirates - we are trying to make our stadium into a fortress and we are starting to do that."

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