Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is ready for a ding-dong battle with Tottenham's PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale tonight at White Hart Lane.

Walcott is relishing the chance to face Wales international full-back Bale, his former team-mate when trainees at Southampton.

"Hopefully he will be more on his backfoot than I will, and he will be more worried about me than I am with him," Walcott said.

"But I will just go out there and play my game - I won't worry that my mate is playing because you are mates after the game, you don't worry about that on the pitch."

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