Together with Arsenal Soccer Schools we will be bringing you a range of skills throughout the season which you can learn, practice and perfect to give you the edge over your opponents whenever you play as well as impressing your friends.
The latest skill to learn is...The Walcott Whipped-in Cross
From a wide position anywhere in an area between the edge of the penalty area and the touchline, approach the ball from the side that is furthest away from the goal. Lift your head up to take a look at the area you want to put the ball into. A good area to aim for is the 'second six-yard box' - this is an imaginary area that starts at the edge of the six-yard box and extends for six yards out from there. It is the same size and shape as the six yard box on the pitch marking.
Plant your non-kicking foot just behind the ball and bend your kicking leg so that your heel on that foot bends towards your backside - this generates the power to move the ball with a kick.
Put both arms out to your side to help keep your balance. Bring your kicking foot down towards the ball so that as your leg straightens to make contact, your foot moves in a crescent/arc shape towards the ball.
Lean back slightly to help lift the ball off the ground.
Using your instep make contact with the ball just below the centre in order to elevate the flight of the ball and twist your hips in the direction that you want the ball to move in. The arc of your foot's movement should ensure that the ball spins through the air, bending as it travels.
After making contact with the ball follow through with the kicking movement, plant both feet and be ready to move again in support of the ball.
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