Should Arsenal have statues at the Emirates of Arsene Wenger and Ian Wright?

Arsenal announced plans for a statue of Dennis Bergkamp this week. Who else could follow/

Arsenal announcing they are to create a tribute in statue form to Dennis Bergkamp was a great gesture this week.

He is the fourth former Gunner to be immortalised outside the Emirates, quite fitting as he was one of 2003/04's history making Invincibles.

The statue will be unveiled before the season is out, and there is even talk the Dutchman could return to the club as part of the coaching staff in the near future.

He joins former manager Herbert Chapman, former captain Tony Adams, and record goalscorer Thierry Henry in being honoured in such a way.

It has certainly got people talking about who could be next, if anybody, to join the quartet.

Clearly the statues cannot keep growing, but you get the feeling Bergkamp may not be the last.

The two men we expect could well be honoured in such a way, are those mentioned in the title of this piece, with one more likely than the other.

In fact we would say it is almost certain that Arsene Wenger will have a statue at Arsenal one day.

Forget the indifferent trophyless seasons over the past eight years, he is the man who won the Double twice, and managed the club's unbeaten league season a decade ago.

Only when he has departed the club when it happens, but you can rest assured it will.

But what about Ian Wright? Wright is Arsenal's second highest ever goalscorer, behind Thierry Henry, scoring 187 goals in 237 starts. Now that is remarkable.

The problem for Wright is he is constantly slating the club, running down their lack of success, and even criticising Wenger lately as 'arrogant'.

For all his incredible achievement on the pitch, he remains somewhat of an irritation to the Gunners' hierarchy and several fans off it.

So for political reasons, it may not happen. But if we were judging solely on the football, he really deserves one.

A third Arsenal man who could have a statue... well it's early days, but if Jack Wilshere fulfills his potential... who know?

Who deserves a statue at Arsenal next?

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