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  • Ian Wright Arsenal goalscoring record
  • Thierry Henry Arsenal legacy
  • Arsenal striking legends
  • Iconic moments in Arsenal history
  • Ian Wright 1997 goal record
  • Arsenal greats from 1991-2007

Ian Wright and Thierry Henry: Arsenal’s Striking Legends (1991-2007)

From 1991 to 2007, the Arsenal football club witnessed the rise and reign of two striking legends – Ian Wright and Thierry Henry. Although they never shared the pitch in a competitive game, their prowess graced Arsenal with goals, passion, and panache for 16 consecutive years.

Ian Wright: An Arsenal Great (1991-1998)

Ian Wright, known for his incredible goal-scoring ability, joined Arsenal in 1991 and immediately began leaving his mark on the team:

  1. Natural Finisher: Wright was instantly recognized for his reliable goal-scoring. His hat-tricks and match-winning goals made him a fan favorite and arguably the most natural finisher in Arsenal’s history.
  2. Debut Season: Wright debuted in a League Cup tie at Leicester in September 1991. His instant success made many consider him a potential contender for Cliff Bastin’s club record of 178 goals.
  3. Breaking Records: By the start of the 1997/98 season, Wright had netted 174 goals. Despite a brief scoring drought, he surpassed Bastin’s record during a match against Bolton Wanderers on September 13, 1997.
  4. A Momentous Error: In a humorous twist, Wright celebrated his 178th goal (mistakenly thinking it was his 179th) by revealing a shirt that read ‘179 – Just Done It.’ The real record-breaking moment came five minutes later, a simple tap-in that caused an unforgettable uproar of celebration at Highbury.
  5. Hat-trick Hero: Wright finished that memorable game with a hat-trick, firmly solidifying his status as an Arsenal great and the club’s record goalscorer.

Wright and Henry’s exciting play helped shape Arsenal’s footballing success and their incredible legacy within the club.

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