Following an initial delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League has launched its Hall of Fame and announced the first two inductees.
Alan Shearer, the league’s all-time top-scorer, and Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s leading scorer, have the honour of being the first two former players introduced into the Hall of Fame and a further six are to follow.
Twenty-three more nominees were announced soon after those two were inducted and a supporters’ vote will then decide the final six nominees for the class of 2021.
Arsenal‘s rich history in the Premier League should be well represented and we’ve selected five leading names for the Gunners who should be in the running.
One of Arsenal’s greatest-ever captains, Patrick Vieira shone with the Gunners during his nine-year stint in north London – winning two doubles and three Premier League titles overall.
Vieira established himself as one of the finest midfielder’s in world football during his prime, before leaving the club in 2005 to join Juventus.
Capped over 100 times for France, Vieira is a cult hero among Arsenal supporters and is one of the best-ever foreign imports in Premier League history, having captained the Gunners during their Invicibles campaign in 2003/04.
The Arsenal academy graduate spent the entirety of his 19-year career with the north London side and, in 1988, was named club captain – a position he would hold until his retirement in 2002.
Adams was Arsenal’s first-ever captain in the Premier League after it’s introduction in 1992 and lifted two Premier League titles with the club, both of which were as part of a domestic double.
During his career, Adams detailed his battle with alcoholism in a autobiography ‘Addicted’, released in 1998, to critical acclaim and benefitted vastly from Arsene Wenger’s arrival at Arsenal.
Arriving from Inter Milan in 1995, Dennis Bergkamp would spend the final 11 years of his career with Arsenal and achieved vast success with the Gunners – forming a devastating attacking partnership with Thierry Henry in the latter years.
Bergkamp played in over 300 Premier League matches with the north London side and was part of the double-winning sides of 1998 and 2002, as well as the undefeated campaign in 2003/04.
A famous goal against Newcastle United in 2002 was voted as the Premier League’s greatest-ever goal in the league’s 25th anniversary.
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Sitting second in Arsenal’s list of their all-time leading scorers, Ian Wright’s flurry of goals came during a seven-year stint during the early years of the Premier League – which saw him part of the double-winning side of 1998.
Wright was Arsenal’s leading scorer for six seasons in a row and, in the 1996-97 season, set a record for scoring against 17 of the Gunners’ 19 opponents in the course of the Premier League campaign – with the only sides he failed to find the net against being Sunderland and Manchester United.
Recognised as one of the club’s greatest-ever players, Wright’s impact upon Arsenal in the 1990’s was extremely valuable.