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Walcott: Arsenal on the rise

Theo Walcott backed Arsenal to climb the table after a second 5-2 victory over Tottenham this year.

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Theo Walcott: Scored Arsenal's fifth goal

Theo Walcott: Scored Arsenal's fifth goal

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The England forward scored twice in February and netted his side's fifth in the latest win, which owed plenty to Emmanuel Adebayor's red card when Spurs were leading 1-0.

The result lifted the mood around the Emirates following Arsenal's worst start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger and took them above their north London rivals.

Walcott said: "We showed people how good we are. It'll give us tremendous spirit, we've got a lot of players back to fitness and everybody's very confident.

"If we show that courage and ambition every game we will climb up the table."

Walcott's goal was his third in the league this season on just his third start, and he said: "I've just wanted to play. Hopefully I'm showing people what I can do now."

Olivier Giroud was also on target with his fourth goal in as many games, and Walcott said: "People were saying things about Olivier at the start but he just needed time."

Giroud said: "It was an amazing atmosphere and I'm very happy to win my first derby.

"It is something special for our fans so I am proud. It was important for the future to win this game."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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