Celebrate Black History Month – Arsenal’s Top 5 Black strikers

As predicted some Gooners found an article about the best black defenders to play for Arsenal a problem. If that’s your problem, then that’s your problem.

October is Black History Month.

The Gunners website, match day program and the Premier League’s website are all using this month to celebrate Black players contribution towards the top flight. The fact that the UK and America dedicate periods of the year to reference musicians, sports people, actors, etc tells you there are people with who it’s nothing to be uncomfortable about.

So, if it’s good enough for those outlets, it’s good enough for me. So, what’s worse, celebrating Black History Month or being uncomfortable with it?

 

5- Kanu

Mr Wenger used his knowledge of the European market to buy Kanu from Inter Milan for just over 4 million.

The reason the price was so cheap was the Nigerian had just had major heart surgery with many thinking it would rob him of his talent.

The best way to describe Kanu was not a great goalscorer but a scorer of great goals.

Think of his third goal at the Bridge, his goal at the Lane, his flick at the Riverside, etc.

Could also hold the ball up for others, with his best display in the San Siro when we won 5-1.

 

4- Wiltord

Became a cult hero for scoring the goal that won the League at Old Trafford.

Even though it was a tap in it was a moment that will live forever.

Doesn’t get enough credit for his adaptability.

When Pires got injured in the run in during the 2001-2002 season, Wiltord filled in superbly.

From that point on Mr Wenger would trust him on either side. This is an era where all our attacking players had the freedom to switch positions.

None would stay in one spot.

Unlike now, where Arteta tells each player where they should be standing, Wiltord played in a team that was world class with their movement off the ball. He was no exception.

Thanks to a tap in though in Manchester he became immortal.

 

3 – Anelka

Won every domestic honour and the Euros with France, so it’s not like Anelka didn’t have the career that many could only dream about.

Yet he didn’t become one of the world’s best like he threatened to be when he broke onto the scene as a teenager, hence why he admitted that he regretted leaving Highbury.

Replacing an injured Ian Wright in the second half of our Double winning season of 1997/98, Anelka scored crucial goals, standing on the shoulder of defenders before using his pace to run away.

His talent meant his attitude was tolerated in training, where he was nicknamed Le Sulk and regarded as a loner

Was advised by his brothers to force a move to Real Madrid by having his agents negotiate while he hid in an hotel, not having the respect to even answer Mr Wenger’s phone call.

The striker would spend his career playing for anyone who would offer the most, and you sense he was never in love with football. More likely it was his job.

We used the 23 million to build a state-of-the-art training ground and to purchase a certain Thierry Henry.

Best bit of business we ever did?

 

2- Ian Wright

No player perhaps had more passion playing for us then Ian Wright.

Given that the current squad lack leaders who set any kind of standards it’s emotional to hear how the 49-year-old speaks about the club.

It’s emotional to hear him speaking about staying round David Rocastle’s house and all night being told stories about ‘The Arsenal’.

Will we ever again hear a player talk with so much pride about playing for us?

A fox in the box, a born goal scorer who was deadly in the penalty area.

For 8 years no Gunner had scored more goals for the club then him.

 

1- Thierry Henry

Quite simply the greatest player to ever put on the Gunners shirt.

Arsene Wenger’s best ever tactical decision was convincing a young left winger to transition into a new position.

Having just won the World Cup even Henry himself questioned why he had to a learn a new role.

He went on to score more goals than anyone else in our history. Not just scoring over 20 goals a season but also assisting plenty.

Would start on our left-hand side before cutting inside.

In 2003-2004 was unplayable. Gooners could truly turn around to any other clubs fans and say we had the best player in the world.

Rare that a foreign player would move to England and genuinely fall in love with the badge.

Won every domestic honour and international trophies. Most of all though, stole our hearts.

 

Again, if an article about black players makes you blush, I can’t help you.

That’s your own issues…

 

If you would like to though, tell me if you agree with my top 5.

 

Be kind in the comments

Dan

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23 Comments

  1. liam Gallagher says:

    Adebayor was more talented than 4 of the players mentioned. Shame about the attitude

    1. Dan kit says:

      Would agree about him
      Unplayable at times with fantastic goals ,I would have him at number 3 .
      Shame he was a 🛎 end

  2. DaJuhi says:

    I’m not going to say Thierry Henry is our best black striker. He is our best player we’ve had and I’ve never cared about the color of his skin.

    I feel this singling out and rating players based on their skill AND skin colour, is very strange.

    I feel all people would like to be treated the same way, equally. Be it positive or negative treatment, it should all be the same for everyone, right? Based on your actions, behavior etc.

    1. Clemento says:

      I echo you Dajuhi,

      No rating should be done based on the color, be it admiration or the opposite.

  3. Matthew says:

    Kanu also won so many trophies like the champions league,uefa cup,english premier league,fa cup,dutch league,Nigerian league&he is also an olympic gold medalist&he is way more talented than adebayor

  4. liam Gallagher says:

    KANU
    Premier League Record
    Appearances 273
    Goals 54
    Assists 29

    Adebayor
    Premier League Record
    Appearances 242
    Goals 97
    Assists 36

    1. TH14-TW14 says:

      Kanu never played as a point man (he wasn’t one) like Adebayor did. He was more of a support striker like the later years of Dennis Bergkamp (himself also not always prolific). Both are never to be judged by the absolute number of goals when comparing them to some other players. They were more than just goal scorers.

      1. jon fox says:

        I am one of the few Gooners who did not rate KANU as a player THAT much.

        LOVELY MAN NO DOUBT AND ICONIC, ESP IN NIGERIA, WHICH IS ONE REASON WE HAVE SO MANY GOONERS THERE.
        Great skill on the ball but IMO, well overrated as an all round player and had he played in todays team, he would not be that special , as his team mates made him look better than he really was.
        I do think he was a decent player but just not THAT special. His hattrick at Chelsea became legendary but was a one off, which meant his whole Arsenal career became way overhyped!
        Just my personal view!

        1. Davi says:

          Kanu is loved because he was so unique. Slow and not a great finisher to say the least, but good enough to win the CL and fit into great teams based on his skill, intelligence and size. I thought he was a great player, but can see where you’re coming from

  5. Admin Pat says:

    I think you had better contact the Black History Month people then and suggest it to them…. https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/

    What is Black History Month and why is it celebrated?
    It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Maybe you should focus on ….

      ADMIN COMMENT – Maybe you should focus on not talking absolute ……

    2. jon fox says:

      Yes PAT IT IS INDEED celebrtated in those places and it is still pointless, outdated and wrong, though not actually racist!

      And I’d make thrpoint that many decades ago MANY things were widely thought and accepted as the norm,but SOME of our society has evolved since then and so we no longer think or act as we did, collectively speaking, years ago!
      Anything that seeks to divide humans by lists of a certain distinguishing physical type is harmful to cohesion and integretion. You, sadly, fail to see that and I say you and DAN ARE WRONG NOT TO SEE THE HARM IT DOES.

      1. Daniel Smith says:

        Jon I see it purely as your issue
        It’s sad but your issue

        1. jon fox says:

          DAN IT IS PLAINLY AN ISSUE, NOT ONLY FOR ME, BUT FOR MANY OTHERS ALSO.
          I SUGGEST YOU READ THE MANY POSTS SAYING SO ON YOUR OWN THREAD BEFORE SPOUTING THE NONSENSE IN YOUR POST OF 10.18PM.
          You would be well advised to face the truth of your own mistake in penning such a pointless and silly article and not accuse others , many of us too, of being wrong!

        2. Daniel Smith says:

          So lets not listen to Arsenal , the Premier League , British government , etc who all choose to celebrate Black History month
          Lets listen to a few people who are uncomfortable with Black players being acknowledged
          anyone who can’t handle that are reflecting some very serious beleifs
          That’s your issue not mine

        3. Daniel Smith says:

          and I don’t understand , I write its your issue and in response you write , it’s your issue ?
          So you agree?
          and yes three other people also don’t like celebrating black players in black history month .
          Again … there is a name for that

      2. jon fox says:

        DAN you and Ad PAT can expect to receive my own article this weekend setting out in great detail – as is my style – exactly WHY you and Ad PATS view on ethnicity lists is so outdated, backward thinking and wrong.

        As are the other organisations and people across our globe who foolishly do the same as you.

        JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS WIDELY DONE DOES NOT MAKE IT MORAL OR ETHICAL . Nothing would ever progress if we all took that attitude!

        YES, I do have an “issue” with people such as you, who do not think ahead and who wilfully refuse to listen to mainstream opinion, which your own article SHOULD have shown you, had you been less pigheaded in your wrong stance on this issue.
        How would YOU feel if you were included on a list of JA writers who were most obese, I wonder!

        This last sentence is not something I would normally even dream of writing but I NEED TO MAKE THE POINT ABOUT HOW BELITTLING YOUR VIEW IS TO SO MANY PEOPLE, WHO CANNOT HELP THEIR SKIN COLOUR AND HAVE NO REASON TO BE COMMENTED ON SIMPLY BECAUSE OF IT!!

        1. Davi says:

          I’d be interested to read your article, Jon. I think it’s incredibly important to push back on this kind of thinking, well-meaning as it may be in most cases.

  6. spanner says:

    I’m kind of fed up with rating players with variable skin colours, but I was a so proud when Arsenal turned out with Davis, Thomas, Rocastle, Campbell and Wright all in the same team. Great days.
    Kanu’s top goal for me was vs Deportivo where he double dummied the keeper …still laughing now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44te02daGAA

    1. Daniel Smith says:

      October is Black History month
      Now I wonder why anyone would be so bothered about Black footballers having a month where they are celebrated
      A white man who doesn’t like black players being celebrated in Black History month
      thinks theres a name for that ?

      1. jon fox says:

        DAN I SUGGEST YOU READ MY REPLY AT 12.45 PM BRITISH TIME, FURTHER UP THIS THREAD.

  7. Hashim says:

    Adebayor needed to be mentioned here ahead of Kanu. Keeping aside his antics, he was the best striker Arsenal had after Henry left, even surpassed RvP in some respects.

    Aubameyang could get a mention as well.

    1. dO2 says:

      I agree with the most you said, especially on Adebayor.
      I will always say Adebayor is a better striker and PLAYER than Aubameyang is any day (even when Aubameyang scored for fun).
      Bar the antics, he’s one of the best strikers we have had – underrated.

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