Ian Wright has been inducted into the Premier League’s ‘Hall of Fame’ following a public vote presided over by the Premier League Award panel.
Wrighty is the fourth Gunner to earn the accolade, following in the footsteps of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
Signed by George Graham in 1991, Wrighty became an instant favourite at Highbury going on to break Cliff Bastin’s record to become our leading scorer of all time, a feat only bettered by Thierry Henry.
You have to remember that for the majority of my football journey, I never thought I'd become a professional footballer. So to do that, enjoy the times I had with the fans and my teammates and now to receive this accolade, is a true honour. I feel really humbled and grateful ❤️🥲 pic.twitter.com/A3O74uVqGw
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) April 21, 2022
His goals came in all shapes and sizes, from delicate dinks and lobs to piledrives, toe-pokes, headers and everything in between. He was a one-man goal machine and the driving force behind domestic and European cup successes during the 90s.
In total, he scored 185 goals for the Gunners in 288 appearances before joining West Ham United with a domestic Double to his name. His tally in the Premier League reads 113 goals in 213 appearances.
Wrighty’s hugely deserved induction to the Hall of Fame comes alongside Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Didier Drogba, Paul Scholes and, somewhat ironically, Peter Schmeichel – the man with whom he had a long-running feud during the 90s.
Huge congratulations, Ian. We love you.