Ian Wright was a true legend for Arsenal and one of the players many Arsenal fans feel as never been replaced. The fox in the box style striker was full of character and full of passion and its a shame we seem to be losing players like him from the game.
I remember his battles with the grate Dane schmeical when ever Arsenal met Man utd and remember thinking of how much passion he showed for the team.
Ian Wrights career did not get off to the best start with the player struggling to get a contract in the early days after failing trials with Southend and Brighton. The striker ended up playing non league football and was left thinking he would never make it as a footballer.
But this was all about to change in 1985 when the player was 22 years old, He was spotted playing Sunday league football and invited to go for a trial at Crystal Palace where he managed to secure a professional contract.
Wright was a instant success at Palace going straight in to the the first team and scoring nine goals in the first season to finish as Palace’s second-highest scorer. He went on to score 117 goals in 253 starts and 24 substitute appearances over six seasons making him one of the clubs all time goal scorers.
Wright signed for Arsenal in September 1991 for £2.5m, which was at the time a club record fee and again he was a instant success scoring on his debut against Leicester in a the league cup and he went on to score a hat-trick in his first league game.
Wright went on to win the golden boot in his first season at arsenal scoring 24 goals for Arsenal and 5 for Palace becoming one of only two players to win the award after scoring for two different teams.
Ian Wright went on to be the clubs top goal scorer for the next 6 seasons and was a major part in the clubs victory in the cup winners cup scoring in every round but the final which he was suspended for.
In July 1998, Wright moved to West ham for £500,000, by this time Arsenal had add all of his best years and the striker was almost ready to hang his boots up.
Wright scored a total of 185 goals for Arsenal in 279 starts and 9 substitute appearances in total he scored over 300 goals for both Arsenal and Crystal Palace and on the 15 July 2008 he finished 4th in the 50 greatest gunners list conduced by the Arsenal website.
What are your memories of the striker and how much would you love to have him now
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