Ian Wright 'wanted to cry' ahead of Arsenal's game against Wolves, the reason tugs at the heartstrings
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Ian Wright admitted he “wanted to cry” ahead of Arsenal’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Gunners moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Wolves on Saturday.
Bukayo Saka fired past Jose Sa after six minutes, before Martin Odegaard completed a fine team move from the edge of the area just seven minutes later.
And that was enough for Arsenal to dispatch Wolves, who scored a late consolation courtesy of Matheus Cunha at a freezing Emirates Stadium.
Before the game, however, Arsenal legend Wright was visibly emotional when seeing the Arsenal players warming up in shirts he had designed.
To mark the former striker’s 60th birthday, both the club and Adidas allowed Wright to design an Arsenal training top. Wright decided to incorporate significant figures from his career on the shirt including his former captain Tony Adams and his late friend David Rocastle.
When Wright saw the Arsenal players warming up in his training top, he admitted “I think I am going to cry”.
Speaking to Premier League Productions Wright said via HITC: “It’s a beautiful gesture from Arsenal for by 60th birthday.
“That shirt is just different patches of my Arsenal career, my Arsenal moments and my friends.
“David Seaman is on there. Kelly Smith. David Rocastle. Tony Adams. Just little moments of my career and how it went. The club have been amazing. For them to do that, alongside Adidas, it’s just a dream come through.
“And now the team is warming up in them, I think I am going to cry.”
Wright would have also been heartened by the Arsenal result, with the victory putting them four points clear of rivals Manchester City, who are due to play Tottenham on Sunday.
After the victory, manager Mikel Arteta said via Sky Sports: "I am really happy with the way we played and dominated the game, the big situations we generated to win the game more comfortably. In the end, we made an error and then it's game on in this league. The team was extraordinary today, again.
"The aggression we showed to play forward and take risks and find gaps in the right moments. We were really aggressive again, defensively definitely. I'm really happy.
"We have to find solutions, the chemistry between the players and keep developing that. Today we generated a lot against a team that is very well organised and they have shown against the top teams what they are capable of doing.
"We are happy with the performances we are having, they are really consistent. We are generating a lot and not conceding much. We have to continue with another big one on Tuesday.
"We train really little, we have one day to prepare for football matches, making sure everyone is physically and mentally in the best condition and maintain momentum, that's it."