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Theo - Arteta’s speech inspired us

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott says Mikel Arteta has motivated the Arsenal squad with a speech ahead of the FA Cup final.

The Gunners have the opportunity to lift the trophy for a record 12th time when they face Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday.

Arteta led the side to victory last season and Walcott revealed how the Arsenal captain has inspired them this time around.

"Every single player, me included, will be putting 100 per cent into this game because it means a lot to us and the fans"

Theo Walcott

"We had a nice little video and Mikel stood up and said a few words to the players who weren't involved in the FA Cup last year, like some of the foreign guys," the England forward said.

"Just showing the video shows how passionate the club are and it being the 19th occasion [in the final] as well and potentially the 12th win is a great achievement. Those words were very strong.”

Walcott missed last season’s final through injury and, after scoring a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion, the 26-year-old is determined to leave his mark this time around.

“You want to be in the history books,” he said. “You want to be remembered for the way you played and for being a winning team. Every single player, me included, will be putting 100 per cent into this game because it means a lot to us and the fans.

"People say the love has gone for the FA Cup… not at all. For me, not being involved last year hurt so this year I want to take every opportunity I can.”

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