Theo Walcott has insisted that the last side Tottenham will want to face at the moment is Arsenal with the north London clubs set to meet in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.
Spurs are currently recovering from a poor finish to 2013 after the club lost their manager and were thrashed by the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. A win over Manchester United on New Years' Day improved their hopes of getting back into the mix for a top four finish but Tim Sherwood will be well aware of the challenge coming up against their bitter neighbours.
Meanwhile Arsenal have gone from strength to strength this season as they sit on top of the Premier League table and are hoping to break their trophyless spell and Walcott believes that they will be in top form against Tottenham come Saturday.
"The FA Cup is always special, for me, being English as well. I love the FA Cup," he said, according to the Independent.
"I can't call it. It is one of those games that is going to be very open.
"Tottenham, since their new (managerial) appointment, have done very well to be fair to them but, like I say, they won't want to play us.
"It is at the Emirates - we are trying to make our stadium into a fortress and we are starting to do that."
Arsenal are coming off the back of three wins in a row in the Premier League having defeated Cardiff 2-0 on New Years' Day. While Arsene Wenger is likely to be without Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner for the clash with Tottenham, the club have so far coped well with injuries and will hope to maintain their positive form with a win on Saturday.