Arsenal forward Theo Walcott wants to emulate 'cult hero' Ian Wright

The 26-year-old is some way behind Wright's 185 goal tally

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Theo Walcott wants to follow in the footsteps of Ian Wright and become an Arsenal legend.

The 26-year-old is currently competing with Olivier Giroud to become Arsene Wenger's bona fide first-choice striker. So far this season, neither player's form has been good enough to secure the lone frontman position as their own.

Walcott, however, has long had ambitions to play up top for the club and now says that, should he be given the chance, he wants to emulate the legendary Gunners goalscorer.

 

"I loved him [and] everything about his style of football because he always played smiling," Walcott told Arsenal's official website.

"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."

Wright became Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer with 185 goals during his time in north London. His record was eventually eclipsed by Thierry Henry in 2005, who went on to reach a total of 228.

Having mainly played as a winger during his time at the club, Walcott has scored 78 times for Arsenal since joining in 2006. Two of those strikes have come this season, against Stoke City and Dinamo Zagreb.

"I can learn from the runs [Wright] made, the pace he had in his game and his finishing," continued Walcott. "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 is one of those who is in the history books and he is definitely a cult hero."

With Danny Welbeck ruled out through injury and Giroud lacking form, Walcott has the opportunity to make the position his own and begin building towards Wright's tally, despite still being some way behind.

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