By Lloyd Webb

Theo Walcott says maintaining a high work-rate is the key to winning the north London derby.

The England international has faced Tottenham 17 times since his arrival at Arsenal in 2006, and has scored five times.

We always focus in every game but this particular game, no matter how your season is going… if you don’t get a result, it can hurt you completely for weeks and months.

Theo Walcott

Arsenal have already won this season at White Hart Lane in the League Cup, and Walcott believes that a similar performance will be needed on Saturday.

“I think work-rate [will be key],” he told Arsenal Player. “Everyone defending for each other and working for each other. You need to help your team-mates out.

“If someone’s head is down you need to lift them up very quickly, there is no time to be dwelling on a mistake or something that has happened in the game. You just need to get on with it. I think it will come down to that and who wants it more.

“We always focus in every game but this particular game, no matter how your season is going… if you don’t get a result, it can hurt you completely for weeks and months. It can ruin people’s careers. It is that mad, that is how important it is.”

Walcott
Walcott

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4 Mar 2016