right was Arsenal's record signing when he joined from Crystal Palace for £2.5 million in September 1991, but with the way valuations have sored since then you would certainly put this down as a bargain.
Beginning his career at Greenwich Borough, Wright joined Crystal Palace in August 1985, starting the game relatively late, and it was here that he forged a formidable strike-force with Mark Bright, scoring 118 goals in 277 goals. In 1988 he scored twice in the play-off final against Blackburn to secure Palace's place in the First Division.
The highlight of his time at Palace came in the 1990 FA Cup Final, when unfancied Palace drew 3-3 with Manchester United. Despite having broken his leg twice, Wright came off the bench and scored twice, but Palace lost in the replay. The following season Wright scored 15 League goals and fired Palace to third in the First Division, and it was then that Arsenal made their move.
He scored on his Arsenal debut, in a League Cup tie against Leicester, and then scored a hat-trick at Southampton in his fist League match for Arsenal. Despite numerous suspensions through his indiscipline on the pitch, Wright finished top goalscorer for Arsenal in the four consecutive seasons since his arrival.
In 1993-94 he embarked on a remarkable attempt to score in every match of Arsenal's European Cup-Winners Cup adventure. He couldn't quite make it, scoring in every round bar the final, but Arsenal still succeeded in defeating Parma to lift the trophy.
He has a reputation for scoring great goals, but also manages to consistently find the back of the net. An international debut was made against Cameroon in February 1991, but his club form has never been replicated at international level, where he has struggled to score. The exception to this was Graham Taylor's final game in charge of the national team, a meaningless fixture against San Marino where Wright scored four.
Wright has been the club's leading scorer every season since his arrival in 1991 and would love to add a championship medal to his collection from the FA Cup, Coca-Cola Cup and European Cup-Winners' Cup.
He netted 18 in a disappointing league campaign last season, three in the Coca-Cola Cup and a staggering nine in Europe. He has already surpassed that and is on his way to breaking Cliff Bastin's goalscoring record.
Last Updated: Friday March 07, 1997 08:07:32 -0500
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