By Chris Harris

The FA Cup is still sprinkled with magic, according to Theo Walcott.

The 20-year-old has been ruled out of Sunday's Third Round trip to West Ham but, generally, the famous old competition has been good to him. Walcott scored within six minutes of coming on for his FA Cup debut for Southampton against MK Dons in 2006 and fired Arsenal ahead in last season's Semi-Final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Now Walcott wants to go one better and reach the Final of a competition he believes is still as special as ever.

"When I was younger I watched all the Finals, I remember Michael Owen scoring two goals against Arsenal [in 2001]," he told Arsenal TV Online.

"It's a fantastic cup competition, it gives a great opportunity for lower league teams to try and make a name for themselves. It's nice to go to different stadiums and the fans are so passionate for the FA Cup. It's something that would be great to win.

"I think in every competition you've got to go for it. You want to win trophies, you want to look back on what you have won."

Subscribers can now watch the full interview with Theo on Arsenal TV Online. He discusses:

  • a tough trip to West Ham
  • the magic of Third Round day
  • why the FA Cup is still important
  • results over performance
  • memories of the 2009 Semi-Final
  • his debut for Southampton
  • Arsenal's prospects of winning the Cup
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