Walcott looks forward to Barca clash



England international Theo Walcott is looking forward to his latest clash with Barcelona, in what could be Arsenals biggest game of the season.

The Gunners face Spanish champions, Barcelona tomorrow night at the Emirates in what could be the game that decides their season.

A first leg lead to take to the Nou Camp for the second leg of the last 16 Champions League clash is vital, and Walcott believes Arsenal could avenge last season’s quarter final defeat to the Catalans this time round.

“We’re looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great, great battle,” he said, speaking to Arsenal TV.

“It’s one of the games you want to play in and hopefully the result can be different from last year.

“I believe we can do much better than last season; we can’t do worse to be honest.

“It’s going to be an open game but these days when we lose the ball we try to get it back quicker.

“That’s what we did against Chelsea and Manchester City and hopefully we can take that into the Barcelona game because it’s a massive one this season, the biggest one I’m going to play in.”

Walcott was on target when Arsenal entertained Barcelona last season but, having stepped off the bench on that occasion, he is hoping to make an even greater impact this time around.

“As a substitute you want to make a reaction straight away and I think I surprised them with my pace,” he added.

“There’s only so long they could last for, they lasted for about 70 minutes but they couldn’t last 90 minutes.

“I think I surprised Maxwell, came up behind him and tucked it away. That inspired us to get the result we wanted [a 2-2 draw] and I want to be doing that from the starting line-up now.”

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