By Chris Harris

The FA Cup is as special as ever, according to Theo Walcott.

Arsenal take their first step on the road to Wembley on Monday night with a Third-Round tie against Leeds United at Emirates Stadium and Arsène Wenger's side are among the favourites to lift the trophy in May.

Like so many football fans Walcott grew up watching cup finals and, although the famous old competition is often the scene of squad rotation, Walcott believes it has lost none of its lustre.

"Of course it is special," he told Arsenal Player. "I am English and it is of the main trophies that I would love to win. I absolutely love the FA Cup and I want to face my old club [Southampton] as well at some point, although it hasn’t happened yet.

"Being a top club we are always going to be one of the favourites but we don't need to think about that really. We need to just beat Leeds first and then concentrate on the Premier League and obviously the Champions League too.

"We won't look too far ahead in the FA Cup, we just want to win every game we can. But the FA Cup is one of the trophies I would like to win, being English and playing at Wembley would be special."

Watch the full interview with Theo on Arsenal Player

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9 Jan 2012