Bulgarian Ludogorets nervous ahead of Arsenal – Walcott
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott expects Bulgarian side Ludogorets to be fearful ahead of their visit to the Emirates for the Champions League group stage tie on Wednesday.
Walcott, who scored a brace to help 10-man Arsenal hold on for a 3-2 win against Swansea City at the weekend, believes the club’s six-game winning streak will put the Bulgarian champions on the back foot in north London.
“I don’t think they (Ludogorets) will be looking forward to playing us, that’s for sure,” said the 27-year-old.
“Especially with the way we’re playing and the amount of goals we’ve scored this season already. I am really looking forward to Wednesday now. “Everyone will say that this is a fixture we should win and we know we should win it. But we’ve got to make sure we’re ready and we can’t be too complacent. That’s really important.” Arsenal have been dumped out of the Champions League last 16 in the last six campaigns but Walcott is confident his side have learnt from their mistakes.
“I’ll be digging into the players and all the players know that there are no givens in football these days. We’ve struggled against Olympiacos at home in times gone by,” he said.
Walcott’s brace against Swansea has given him five League goals for the season, already matching his modest tally in the previous campaign. Arsenal’s Theo Walcott scores their first goal. The north Londoners will have to find ways and means of dealing with Ludogorets Action Images