Ian Wright, MBE, signed for Arsenal in September 1991 for a then-record fee of £2.5m and went on to become the club’s record goal scorer with 185 goals in 279 games (until that record was broken by Thierry Henry). In his time with Arsenal, Wright’s journey towards legend status included collecting a Premier League title, two FA Cup’s, a UEFA Winners’ Cup and a League Cup.
As a classic centre-forward Ian was a powerful force in the box who matched physical presence with deadly two-footed quality. Despite joining an already impressive strikeforce under George Graham’s team (which included the prolific Alan Smith) Wright would immediately establish himself as a top goalscorer – winning the Golden Boot in his first season and remaining the club’s top scorer for the next five seasons.
Wright’s legacy is furthered by his deep affection for the club – which has lasted well beyond his final season with the club before moving to West Ham in 1998 – and his “working class” English roots in which he overcame much to become not only a professional footballer, but an Arsenal hero as well.
Ian was featured in a touching interview by GRM Daily which can be seen on YouTube. It’s a must-watch about the man who says “Arsenal is the greatest, the greatest… football club in the world”.