The Gunners’ star Olivier Giroud netted his 100th goal for Arsenal on Thursday night. He is now the 19th player for Arsenal to join the 100 club.
Over the years, Arsenal has produced some amazing top quality players. That is one of the reasons why Arsenal is considered as one of the top clubs in Europe. In last 20 years i.e. in the ‘Arsene Wenger Era‘, we have seen some of the best forwards playing for the Gunners. So who are the Best forwards from the Arsene Wenger era?
5. Olivier Giroud:
Olivier Giroud is often underappreciated. Since his arrival at the Emirates in 2012 at a bargain of £11m, he has been a consistent player for Arsenal. Recently, he netted his 100th goal for the club on Thursday night against BATE Borisov scoring a penalty.
Even when Giroud had a chance to leave Arsenal this summer and join Everton, he decided to stay at the club and fight for his place. As a result of the same, we saw him scoring his 100th goal for the club. Giroud is not a quitter, he is a fighter and Wenger would never like to lose him.
His stats ratios are outstanding, scores goals and also provides a direct threat. He is reliable and has saved Arsenal many times coming as a substitute as well.
4. Ian Wright:
Even though Wright only caught the beginning of Wenger and arguably had his best days under George Graham, but no list of strikers would be complete without naming this goal machine.
A fabulous character, infectious enthusiasm, and ruthless finisher. The Arsenal fans have always loved him over the years and still do.
Arsenal’s new signing Alexandre Lacazette has a similar playing style to Wright. Lacazette will also feel proud to be compared with such a fully fledged legend.
Ian became one of the greatest goal scorers in the club’s history.
3. Nicolas Anelka:
He was not at Arsenal for that long before he threw his toys of the pram and lived up to his nickname Le Sulk.
But if one player epitomises Wenger’s reputation of unearthing relative unknowns for bargains – Kolo Toure another great example – and turning them into stars then it was Anelka. Signed for £500,000, sold for £24m and paid for the new training ground.
Anelka also scored great goals in the 1998 Double-winning season.
2. Dennis Bergkamp:
Dennis Bergkamp, he was a game changer for Arsenal and English football because he was a fully fledged world-class superstar signed by Bruce Rioch.
He is arguably the biggest name in the Premier League when he arrived in 1995. His touch of class, invention, and vision was superb and extraordinary.
The former players gush about his technique in training while his goals speak for themselves. Bergkamp’s turn and finish against Newcastle United was a work of art, a unique and an unforgettable goal from an incredible player.
The France star arrived at Arsenal in 1999 after flopping at Juventus and admitted he feared his early shots were likely to hit the famous old clock at Highbury rather than the back of the net.
He finished as Arsenal’s record goalscorer, their best ever striker and was the best centre-forward in the world for at least a couple of seasons.
Henry’s eye for the spectacular, connection with the fans and incredible will-to-win make him one of the best strikers of all time.
I’ve had to leave out Sylvain Wiltord whose goal won a title and Jose Antonio Reyes who gave the Invincibles a lift.
One little footnote – he was before the Wenger era, but Alan Smith should always be remembered as an Arsenal great. Top scorer in the 1989 and 1991 title-winning seasons, he was a fabulous player, great team player and if he has been around in Wenger’s time would have loved it.
There were also many good strikers who played for Arsenal in last 20 years, but these 5 had something unique about themselves which left an impact. Also even at the moment, Arsenal has some good forwards like Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette, and but obviously Olivier Giroud. Gunners have produced world-class players over the years and they will continue to do so in the future.