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Gunner looking forward to battling the flank with former team-mate.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott believes that Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale is the most exciting player in the Premier League.

The Welshman's stock has risen significantly in recent times after successive man-of-the-match appearances over European champions Inter made headlines across the continent.

And his former Southampton team-mate insists that he is relishing the prospect of battling the flank with Bale in Saturday's north London derby at the Emirates.

When quizzed as to who he thinks is the most exciting player in England, Walcott told FATV: "In the Premier League? Gareth Bale for me.

"I am actually looking forward to playing against Gareth Bale because me and him grew up together at such a young age at Southampton and we've known each other since we were 10 or 11-years-old.

"So it's going to be another nice little treat for us both."

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