Hoddle and Cole say Walcott should work with Arsenal great Ian Wright

Theo Walcott

The duo believe the forward could do with improving certain areas of his game if he is to impress as a centre-forward.

Speaking on BT Sport before Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea, Glenn Hoddle stressed his belief that forward Theo Walcott should work with legend Ian Wright to improve his all-round play.

Walcott has spent the vast majority of his career playing as a right-winger to varied success over the years.

However, he has always yearned to play in a more central role and, with Arsenal’s well-documented failure to sign a striker this summer, he has been given the chance to impress in that role this season.

Hoddle, though, says he needs to improve his game, advising he take up some training sessions with Wright.

And he wasn’t the only one suggesting it, with former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole agreeing fully with Hoddle’s suggestion via Twitter. 

Should Walcott undertake training sessions with Ian Wright?

While Walcott certainly has the quality to play through the middle, his finishing is still questionable when it comes to the high standards a club like Arsenal require.

The forward often chooses poorly how he will try to finish chances, something that has been evident this season. Wright could certainly help him in that regard.

Another area, and something Hoddle alluded to, is the timing of the runs Walcott makes. While he often shows good movement, his runs can be too early and in the wrong phase of play, meaning they often amount to nothing.

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