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Hall of Fame 2022 nominee: Ian Wright

24 Mar 2022
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See why the Arsenal legend is shortlisted as we profile the 25 nominees in contention

We are looking at the 25 nominees who have been shortlisted for the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2022.

The six players with the most combined votes from the fans and a Premier League Awards panel will enter the Hall of Fame. Fans had their say by voting up until 21:00 BST on Sunday 3 April.

Ian Wright

A latecomer to the professional game, Wright quickly made up for lost time. After his move from Crystal Palace, the striker was Arsenal’s leading scorer in the club’s first five Premier League seasons.

A scorer of spectacular goals, Wright also had the knack of being in the right place at the right time and in helping Arsenal to the 1997/98 title, he beat Cliff Bastin's club record of 178 goals in all competitions.

He then finished his Premier League career at West Ham United, scoring nine goals in 22 matches to help the Hammers earn a club-record fifth-place finish. 

Career in numbers
Category Ian Wright
Appearances 213
Goals 113
Assists 22
PL titles 1
Monthly awards 1
What they said

"Ian lit up the pitch and dressing-room with the electricity of his performances and his personality.” - George Graham

 "Ian is the best finisher I have ever played with" - Alan Smith

"Ian has an awful lot to offer as a player and as a person. He is a great character whether on the pitch or in the dressing room. I would say he is the most enthusiastic footballer I have ever come across." - Harry Redknapp

Did you know?

Wright scored 93 Premier League goals after turning 30. No other player in the competition’s history had netted more after turning 30 until Jamie Vardy surpassed that total this season.

Wright netted 113 PL goals in 213 appearances for Arsenal and West Ham, including five hat-tricks, all of which were scored for the Gunners.

In six of his seven PL seasons, Wright finished as the top scorer for his club. He only failed to achieve this in 1997/98 at Arsenal.

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