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Walcott out to emulate Henry

Gunners ace still inspired by Henry

Last Updated: 06/11/10 11:00am

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Walcott: Still learning

Walcott: Still learning

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Theo Walcott admits he would love to follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry and emulate his success at Arsenal.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has tipped Walcott to eventually finish up in a central role, mirroring the successful transition from winger to frontman of Henry, the club's all-time leading scorer with 226 goals.

Walcott believes he could not have had a better mentor than Henry as he looks to become a central striker in the future.

"I have watched videos in the past and I had the best thing - training with him and the opportunity to play with him," recalled Walcott.

"I have not kept in contact with him at all - he has more important things to cope with, but he will always be in my heart. I will always look up to him and you never know, one day he might return to Arsenal.

"I was lucky enough to learn from him. If he does come back, it would be great for the club."

Walcott added: "Everyone has talked about us. If I do half it is a great achievement, but I want to be my own player and want to learn from the best."

Role

Despite his desire to be used as a striker, Walcott insists he is happy to play anywhere in Wenger's side.

"I will continue to play on the right, but for Arsenal I might get the odd Carling Cup or FA Cup game up front. Only time will tell," continued Walcott.

"I just like playing for this club and whatever position I am happy."

Walcott, who has scored seven goals in eight appearances for Arsenal this season has set him a target of 'between 15 and 20' goals this season.

"If I stay fit, keep winning, I hope I can reach my target," added Walcott. "That would be a great achievement for me."

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