Theo Walcott says he can learn a lot from Ian Wright’s composure in front of goal.
Wiright scored 185 times during his seven-year spell at Highbury, becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer before Thierry Henry broke his record in 2005.
Walcott watched a lot of the “special” striker when he was growing up and is a huge admirer of the Arsenal legend.
"He wasn’t the tallest man in the world but the amount of pressure he would put on defenders just scared them"
“I loved him [along with] everything about his style of football because he always played smiling,” Walcott told Arsenal Player. “He obviously scored so many goals and caused havoc for defenders. He wasn’t the tallest man in the world but the amount of pressure he would put on defenders just scared them.
“[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. 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.
“He’s obviously scored so many goals for the club and they’re all so different as well. 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.
“He is one of those who is in the history books and he is definitely a cult hero. I have seen him so many times and played golf with him quite a few times so he is just a great man to be around.”
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