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Ian Wright claims he would have scored chance Theo Walcott missed

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims he would have scored a headed chance that Theo Walcott missed against Stoke City on Saturday - even with a busted ankle.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Wright said he believes Walcott has the quality to play upfront for the Gunners, but feels the England international has to be converting such gilt-edged opportunities in order to nail down the centre-forward position on a permanent basis.

Walcott did, however, score soon after missing his close-range header. The 26-year-old produced a fabulous piece of control to kill Mesut Ozil’s pass, before sending the ball into the back of the net past Jack Butland in the Stoke City goal.

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Olivier Giroud, though, gave Arsene Wenger some food for thought in the closing stages of the match.

The France international came on for the final 15 minutes, in place of Walcott, and scored Arsenal’s second goal with five minutes left on the clock.

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Walcott can become Arsenal's No. 1 striker

Wenger was criticised for not signing a top-class striker during the summer transfer window, but the veteran French coach has the utmost faith in Walcott, Giroud and Danny Welbeck, who has been ruled out of action until Christmas after undergoing knee surgery.

As Wright said on Match of the Day, Walcott has the required attributes to become the first-choice striker at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Southampton starlet is lightening quick, times his runs well and is an underrated finisher.

The one area of his game that must improve, though, is his back-to-goal play.

Giroud is fantastic at holding the ball up and playing in his teammates - the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey - and Walcott may need to improve this area of his game before truly winning over Wenger.

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