Ian Wright: Arsenal Legend?
To celebrate the Arsenal showman and legend’s birthday, we take a look back at his top five moments at his beloved Gunners.
Written By Matty Hopkins - November 3, 2015
To celebrate Arsenal showman and legend Ian Wright’s birthday, we take a look back at his top five moments at his beloved Gunners.
Arsenal v Leicester 1991
Ian Wright’s first game for Arsenal and his first goal. Wrighty gave us a glimpse of what he was worth and it would be the starting point for one of Arsenal’s greatest goalscorers. Even the nerves of his first game and slipping on the ball moments before couldn’t stop him from scoring a fabulous goal.
Arsenal v Everton 1993
Two great goals from Ian in this game that displayed his epic skills as one of the greatest finishers of the time. His first goal was amazing, juggling it past Jackson with ease and leaving him confused in the dust, before lobbing it over Southall’s head and into the back of the net. Wrighty of course celebrated by embracing the loyal fans in the front row.
Arsenal v Leeds United 1995
Another classic chip. After being hit in the face with the ball, something seemed to come over Wright to show everyone it wasn’t going to affect him. Instead of just lobbing the ball towards the goal, he kicked it high without even looking at the net and it went flying in before Lukic could even understand what had happened.
Arsenal v Swindon Town 1993
Perhaps a random goal that many may not remember, as well as not remembering that Swindon Town were briefly part of the Premier League. Part chip, part lob, it was one impressive goal from an impressive goal scorer.
Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers 1997
This day will be one that is going to be ingrained in the minds of all Gunners, with Wright equalling the record of Cliff Bastin just a moment before. But of course, he was unable to resist an open goal and scored his 179th goal for the club making him Arsenal’s top goalscorer of all time.
Wright was of course then beaten in his record by the next great Arsenal goal machine, Thierry Henry, but he will always stay in Gunners minds for his great skills, commitment and his cheeky personality.