Arsenal striking hero Ian Wright believes one day, he may get his own statue outside the Emirates.
Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry has a statue outside the new Emirates stadium, yet the man whose record he broke to claim the honour does not.
Henry has 228 goals to his name compared to Wright's 175, and is one of three men to be imortalised outside the club's new stadium.
Ex-captain Tony Adams, and former manager Herbert Chapman are the other two whose statues were unveiled in 2011, and now a fourth is to be added, Henry's Invincible strike partner Dennis Bergkamp.
The statue of the Dutchman will be unveiled at 11.30am on February 22 ahead of the home game with Sunderland, and it's no less than the mercurial Arsenal hero and fan favourite deserves.
Does Wright feel aggrieved at the snub? Well no, but he still dreams he may get his own one day.
Writing on Twitter, he posted:
Won't be able to move at the Em soon! So many statue's.— Ian Wright MBE (@IanWright0) February 7, 2014
I'll get a statue when Dennis Bergkamp's the manager! :-)))))).— Ian Wright MBE (@IanWright0) February 7, 2014
He may be waiting a while, on both counts. Wright's goalscoring record ensures he is a hero for fans, but his outspoken personality and often harsh critique of the team in bad times has meant he has become a bit of a divisive personality.
And he will have to wait for his place in the queue, for there is one man whose statue is assured.
Manager Arsene Wenger, who may yet win the Premier League this season, is surely a certainty to be cast in stone when he one day retires. Given his overall record, longevity and contribution to the club, not many could argue with that.
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