Former star of Arsenal, Ian Wright lost the chance to appear and play for England back in 1998 when his hamstring injury left him out and unable to represent his national team, Wright already knows what it feels like to miss out on such an important event.
“It’s one of those you don’t truly get over,” Arsenal’s 2nd highest goal scorer, Ian Wright stated.
It’s been over 10 years since Ian Wright announced his retirement from playing professional football but he still remains up to date with news revolving the sport that he played at a high level since starting his career at Crystal Palace back in 1985. He expressed his opinion about Theo Walcott’s injury that will be leaving him out of the 2014 World Cup.
“He’ll be devastated to miss a special World Cup,” Wright, 50, told BBC Sport. With it being in Brazil, a fantastic place, a fantastic venue for the World Cup, it’s a nightmare one to miss. It’s a massive blow for England. He’s an intelligent lad. I’m sure he’ll bounce back, but he’ll be absolutely devastated.” The BBC Radio 5 live 606 presenter Ian Wright said as he praised Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
The Walcott sustained the knee ligament injury during Arsenal’s triumph against Tottenham and the English midfielder was being removed from the pitch on a stretcher, his gestures provoked fans of Tottenham on launching him plastic bottles and coins at him. Ian Wright defended Walcott as he wrote on his twitter account.
I’ll leave you with the words from the great Roy Keane. ‘’ Tottenham will always let you down’’. Sums spurs rejoicing in the news of Theo! 105 mil spent on players and it’s still an AFC player getting injured makes you happy. Sad. Ian Wright said via twitter.
Former Arsenal player Ian Wright gave the seal of approval for the official ball that will be used for the 2014 World Cup. The retired Ian Wright was given the ball for a few days and had nothing but praise for the ‘’Brazuca’’.
Adidas has provided the balls used in all World Cup matches since the 1970 but they received major backlash and criticism after releasing the ‘’Jabulani’’ which was the official ball that was used for the 2006 World Cup.
A number of coaches and players that were given the ball to train with some weeks prior to the start of the worldwide competition had negative response to it as the majority claimed that the trajectory it took in the air was completely unpredictable and it was extremely difficult for the goalkeeper to maintain the ball under their control.
Joe Hart said the “balls have been doing anything but staying in my gloves.”
Iker Casillas said: “It is very sad that a competition as important as the world championship will be played with such a horrible ball.”
Now with the introduction of the Brazuca, Ian Wright and other high profile players have given it their approval as they consider it to be a massive improvement.
Ian Wright spent 7 years playing in Arsenal making 221 appearances and scoring over 120 goals for the Premier League club but when asked in an interview about who he considers to be the best strikers of his time Wright mentioned Ronaldo, Bergkamp and Henry.
He even made comparisons with the French striker Thierry Henry to Michael Jordan. ‘’ Thierry Henry is to football what Michael Jordan is to basketball’’.
Arsenal’s signing of Mesut Ozil for £ 42 million from Real Madrid has been the talk of the town. This follows years of reluctance from Arsene Wenger to spend money on big name players, but he is starting to feel the difference of having a ready-made world-class player in the team. Ozil has been one of the crucial players for the club this season despite having moved to the Emirates only in the summer. He has been made along with midfielders like Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. Former Arsenal legend Ian Wright feels that the presence of the German has given the club an instant lift.
Wright was also one of the record signings for Arsenal his time. He was brought to the club for a record £ 2.5 million back in 1995. He proved that big-money signings need not fail, as he scored more than 120 goals during his time at the club. His opinion is that Ozil also created the same kind of impact that Dennis Bergkamp brought to the club when he signed a long time ago. In fact, the German has been compared with Bergkamp, who is regarded as an Arsenal legend, on numerous occasions.
Meanwhile, Wright also reserved praise for midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who has been in great goal scoring form this season.
“He’s lifted the whole place. I said for many years, and I got a lot of stick from Arsenal supporters, that when you bring world-class players in, it lifts people. They want to play better as well. When Dennis came, everyone lifted their game. It’s taken a while now but Wenger has done it. He’s brought somebody in and it’s lifted the club. Aaron Ramsey has to get a lot of credit, too,” said the striker.
Arsenal are top of the table after 10 matches in the season.