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Theo Walcott now an Arsenal legend, claims Wilshere

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will go down as a Gunners legend for greeting abuse from Tottenham Hotspur fans with a cheeky reminder of the score during last weekend's FA Cup tie, according to Jack Wilshere.

Walcott was stretchered off with a knee injury towards the end of Arsenal's third-round success over Spurs on Saturday, with the Gunners in control thanks to strikes from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky.

The England international was stretchered off next to the away end at the Emirates and delivered a 2-0 gesture with his hands that sent Spurs fans into uproar, but Wilshere thinks that it should be considered as a humorous signal to the stands rather than anything more offensive.

He told The Guardian: "He'll be an Arsenal legend now. They love Theo already and this is only going to help him.

"They [the Tottenham support] were giving it to him and he's given a little bit back. I think people have got to look at it as banter. He's a bit smarter than me, I suppose."

Wilshere is speaking from personal experience after a gesture to Manchester City fans earlier this season landed him in how water, with a middle-finger to the Etihad faithful earning the midfielder a two-match ban.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will expect Walcott to avoid any action from the Football Association, although Spurs fans who threw missiles at the forward are unlikely to be as lucky.

Walcott may have to wait some time before receiving adulation from the Emirates though, with the knee injury which forced him off the field rumoured to be capable of keeping the wing wizard sidelined for up to a month.

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