A video has appeared on YouTube this week of Ian Wright talking very openly and emotionally about his career, but even more so about his childhood and long struggle to become a professional footballer. It’s a powerful statement and makes you realise how much he wanted to play football despite every obstacle put in his way, and how close he came to missing out on his dream. If you haven’t watched it, I urge you to do so. Here’s a link:
I know some Arsenal fans have a problem with Ian Wright and his opinions, and some accuse him of being bitter or having a vendetta against Arsène Wenger for ending his career. Some also point to his comment after the Champions League final this year, where he called Arsenal fans who had tweeted abuse about Ashley Cole ‘mugs’. Wright then apologised, saying he ‘owed everything’ to Arsenal and their fans, but to be honest tweeting abuse to former players of your team just because they have won something is hardly the height of maturity or witty sophistication. If Wrighty tarred all Arsenal fans with the same brush in a ranting tweet then that was a mistake, but ‘mugs’ is hardly the worst thing you could call people who still have a go at Cole several years after he left. I don’t like Cole and I think he’s quite an objectionable person in many ways, but I prefer to ignore him. Whatever. I don’t have a problem with Ian Wright and his views on Arsenal. He’s got opinions – we all have. And among Arsenal fans opinions are always diverse anyway – just look at the comments on some of my blog posts!
If you have any doubt that Ian Wright loves Arsenal, watch the video (which, just to be clear, I have no connection with whatsoever).
Here are a few quotes from it:
“Arsenal is the greatest, greatest football club in the world.”
“When I first got to Arsenal people were saying ‘What are you buying him for’ . . . I was sitting there watching the telly [the evening after I’d signed] . . . watching people talking about me, ‘He’s not good enough to play for Arsenal’, and I swear to God I sat down watching the news literally sh*tting myself about going to Arsenal.”
“I went to David Rocastle’s house that night and we stayed up till 4 in the morning talking about Arsenal, the club he loved.”
“Arsenal have got a certain class and dignity.”
“I just want to be remembered for being a hard-working honest professional who done the best he could with the opportunity he got.”
September sees the anniversary of both Ian Wright signing for Arsenal and breaking the club scoring record, so there will be more Wrighty on this blog in celebration very shortly.
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