Theo Walcott looks to copy Ian Wright blueprint in search of success at Arsenal

The Gunners forward admits there is a lot he can take from the legend's game.

Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says he can learn a lot from club legend Ian Wright.

The Gunners forward has been used in a more central role so far this season, a position he has been desperate to be given a chance to prove himself in for a number of years.

It has so far been a mixed bag for Walcott in the role, with he and the side struggling for goals and pundits such as Glenn Hoddle and Andy Cole suggesting to BT Sport that he should work with Wright to improve his game.

And the forward admits there is a lot he can learn from the Arsenal hero.

“[I can learn from] the runs he made, the pace he had in his game and his finishing. When he was in the box he didn't panic,” he told

“That’s something that I have been learning, that when you’re in the box you have a lot more time than you think. He made it look very easy. That’s something that I’m taking out of his game and I’m starting to learn.”

Different goals show Wright was a special player

Wright, of course, was the club’s all-time leading goalscorer for a number of years before the record was taken away from him by Thierry Henry.

He managed 185 goals in 288 games for the north London outfit, but was more than just a one-trick pony, as he scored all types of goal - from headers to chips, to one touch finishes.

And Walcott says that variety in the goals he scored is a clear sign that he was a 'special player'.

“He’s obviously scored so many goals for the club and they’re all so different as well,” he added.

“He scored all sorts of goals and that’s what you want from a striker, to be able to score any goal. He could just change a game just like that and that’s the sign of a special player.”

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