Arsenal have had a long history of players that were pretty handy putting the ball in the back of the net and over the last couple of seasons it’s been apparent that was missing from the team. Aside from Wenger’s nutty £40,000,001 bid to sign former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez that had the Liverpool owner asking for Paddy Power football odds on whether Wenger is puffing the reefers or not, Arsenal relied on some fairly average strikers to do the business but now they have signed someone who looks to be a 25 goal a season man in Alexandre Lacazette.
It’s for this reason we have decided to ask who you think are Arsenal’s best attackers, past and present:
Forever immortalised with his own statue outside of the Emirates Stadium, as well as a fact file printed on the side of the stadium it’s fair to say Dennis is well loved by the Arsenal faithful. Beginning his career in his native Holland with Ajax where he was the league top scorer for 3 years in a row it’s easy to see where he honed his scoring touch. An ill-fated move to Inter in Serie A followed and after a sad couple of years in Italy Bergkamp arrived at Highbury in 1995. Along with Wenger, Bergkamp revolutionised the way Arsenal played at the time being the focal point and playmaker for many of their attacks. Whilst not a super consistent scorer for the Gunners Bergkamp managed to net 120 goals in 423 games and probably got many more assists.
For fans of Arsenal this man requires no introduction. After following a similar route to Bergkamp, Henry left the relative comfort of his homeland to join Italian giants Juventus. After an unspectacular year he joined Arsenal in 1999. Failure to score in his first 8 games had the fans on his back so when he finally netted his first, a spectacular goal against Southampton, the flood gates opened. He scored at a rate no striker had ever done for the Gooners and regularly finished top goal scorer in the league. When the time came for him to move to Barcelona in 2007 Thierry had established himself as the greatest goal scorer in the clubs history with 228 goals overtaking another player on this list in the process, Ian Wright.
“Ian Wright Wright Wright” – This was a call shouted from the terraces of Highbury so often after a goal was scored it’s no surprise to know he’s one of the greatest goal scorers in the clubs history. Signed from Crystal Palace in 1991 for a then club record fee of £2.5m, Wrighty didn’t take long to endear himself to the fans, scoring on his debut in a League Cup tie against Leicester City. He then went on to score a hat-trick in his league debut against Southampton. He finished that season with 31 goals in all competitions further solidifying his status as a fan favourite. He became Arsenal’s record goal scorer in September 1997 with a hat trick against Bolton Wanderers taking him to 178 goals for the club. He finished up in 185 goals from 288 appearances making him one of Arsenal’s greatest ever strikers.
These are my Top Three, but who would you choose? I’m waiting to see how many of you vote for Nicholas ‘Best striker in the world’ Bendtner!