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.
Absolute legend & idol for so many of us growing up in the 90s. Well done Wrighty!
Who else here is an Arsenal fan in 2022 cos of Ian Wright in 1992??
The sole reason I supported Arsenal as a child. Absolute legend
Ian Wright Wright Wright!!
That’s the right decision, incredible player and legend.
David Rocastle will be looking down and smiling at his Turnham boy today.
From not thinking he’ll make it, to a Premier League hall of famer.
Wish he was still playing for us right now. Absolute Legend!!! Need more players with Arsenal DNA.
What a player for palace also.
Not sure he’d do quite the same job nowadays, being a Grandad to a professional footballer and all…
But is their a coaching role for him??
Brilliantly shares his thoughts on attackers with blogs one week and than eddie puts il in his best performance in an Arsenal season the very next.
Congratulations to Wrighty! A deserved award to a man proving that dreams can come true.
Imagine Ian Wright in this current team – oh my word.
Back when we signed him it was a record transfer for Arsenal and he was one of the hottest names in the league. Nowadays you pay a ridiculous premium and end up with an Andy Carroll on the books.
Was it 2.5 million or something
Easily my favourite Arsenal player as a teenager and still iconic to this day.
The bogle, that goal against Everton, the Nike advert. So many memories!!
That Everton goal was his best.
Very happy for Ian. I am not a fan of these things though to be honest. At the moment they look fun and nice with club legends from winning years. Wait until we get to the level where a player like Alexis Sanchez won’t get a sniff but people like Robbie Savage, Wes Brown or Milner get the nod then fans will start debating the stupidity of such things. We’ve already seen the Balon D’or guys create a special award for Lewandowski just so they could cushion the debate while giving Messi (who wasn’t up to standard all year) an… Read more »
Absolute quality. When you look at the players we’ve already had inducted you think wow we were lucky to have had them.
Yaaaaaaaaay! Yes! It’s a great day!
It’s a great day! Yaaaaaaaay
Why did it take this long?
It only started last season 😂
And still no statue 🙁 come on Arsenal FFS
Well deserved. I can’t remember which commentator said “he’s sharp enough to cut himself” during a game but that was my favourite quote. He had a great many games like that
A Legend and a King. Congratulations to the one and only Ian Wright!
I loved this guy so much when I was 10, I wanted to be a footballer after seeing him score so many for Arsenal. I still love him 😁