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Former Arsenal star Theo Walcott aims dig at Tottenham on Match of the Day to leave BBC presenter stunned

Daniel Marland

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Former Arsenal star Theo Walcott aims dig at Tottenham on Match of the Day to leave BBC presenter stunned

Theo Walcott stunned Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman with a dig at Tottenham Hotspur during Sunday evening's programme.

Walcott played for Arsenal between 2006 and 2018, making 397 appearances and scoring 108 goals.

The former England international is a three-time FA Cup winner and the youngest player to score a hat-trick for his country.

He also really, really dislikes Tottenham. Walcott infuriated Spurs supporters in 2014 by mimicking the game's 2-0 scoreline with his fingers while being stretchered off the pitch.

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Nine years later, he's at it again. Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa over the weekend to make it three consecutive defeats under Ange Postecoglou after a promising start to the campaign.

Giovani Lo Celso gave Spurs the lead inside 22 minutes with a fine finish before Villa levelled in added time through Pau Torres.

Ollie Watkins gave Unai Emery's side the lead just past the hour mark to see Villa leapfrog Spurs in the table and move into the top four.

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Walcott broke down Watkins' winner in the studio and manage to slip in a little insult at Spurs' expense.

"You know what I really enjoyed is just the slight sort of body movement," the 34-year-old said.

Walcott pulled no punches. (Image Credit: BBC)
Walcott pulled no punches. (Image Credit: BBC)

"Because he has been running in behind much the whole game. He has just put Ben Davies in doubt a little bit.

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"Ollie wants to come in, but just drops back and gives him that space, and I lived off running in behind Tottenham, so I am pretty happy."

Chapman immediately joked: "Woah, you have gone early there, Theo!"

Spurs' injury crisis deepened at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Rodrigo Bentancur went off with a suspected ankle injury.

He joins James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Ryan Sessegnon, Ivan Perisic and Manor Solomon on the treatment table.

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Postecoglou explained: "Yeah, not sure. It is his ankle I think. It wasn't a great tackle.

Watkins' seventh goal of the season condemned Spurs to a third successive defeat. (Image Credit: Getty)
Watkins' seventh goal of the season condemned Spurs to a third successive defeat. (Image Credit: Getty)

"I thought he started the game so well and I think it was the reason we got a real good foothold on the game. He's such a creative player.

"It's the last thing we needed, another injury. So disappointed to lose him but we're yet to see the extent of it."

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Spurs return to action against reigning champions Manchester City next Sunday.

Featured Image Credit: BBC Sport & Getty Images

Topics: Tottenham Hotspur, Theo Walcott, Arsenal, Premier League, Aston Villa

Daniel Marland
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