Walcott: I learned it all from Beattie

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says he learned everything he knows about successful penalty taking from Stoke City striker James Beattie.

The Gunners' wing wizard was the only Englishman to take part in Wednesday's dramatic Champions League last 16 penalty-shootout in Rome, which Arsene Wenger's side won 7-6.

He successfully converted his spot-kick, although Roma goalkeeper Doni came close to keeping the ball out.

And the England international has revealed he was taught how to keep calm during the immensely tense atmosphere of a shootout from penalty king James Beattie when the pair were team-mates at Southampton.

Beattie has had a near perfect success rate from 12-yards throughout his career playing for the Saints, Everton, Sheffield United and now Stoke, and, says Walcott, believes you should never look the goalkeeper in the eye.

"I had a dry throat going towards the goal but I didn't look at the goalkeeper once. I learned that from James Beattie," he said.

"He's probably one of the best penalty takers I have seen. I have watched him over the years and mine wasn't as good a penalty as his but they all count.

"I didn't want the goalkeeper to make eye contact with me because sometimes they might put you off a little bit. Plus he was a big lad. It's all about positive thinking and it counted in the end.

"To be fair, it was a really good experience for me. It was the first penalty shootout I have ever done."

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