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Throwback: Ian Wright’s first ever goal for Arsenal

Ian Wright’s first Arsenal goal was scored 28 years ago this week.

On September 25th 1991, a young English striker recently signed for the grand fee of £2.5 million ran out for The Gunners, wearing that iconic ‘bruised banana’ kit. There was a lot of pressure on the debutant, what with that transfer fee then being a club record for Arsenal.

But the former Crystal Palace man took a big step to repaying the money even in his first game. An obscure goal in many ways, Ian Wright seems to catch the goalkeeper off guard as he shoots off-balance. Curling it into the far corner and making the net bulge, Ian Wright would go on to repeat this feat more times than anyone else before him.

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He became Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer later that decade, scoring 185 goals in 288 appearances. The first of which was right here in 1991. He actually went on to score a hat-trick in this game, setting the tone for his extraordinary Arsenal career. Drink it in.