Throughout their history Arsenal have been blessed with some truly excellent marksman, here we take a look at their five highest goalscorers of all time, analysing where they rank amongst the greatest players ever to play for the Gunners.
Thierry Henry – 228 goals
The greatest player ever to play for Arsenal. Thierry Henry is the top goal scorer in Gunner’s history, finding the net 258 times including 175 Premier League goals in his two spells at the club, but his game was far beyond just goals. His grace, guile and invention captivated all football admirers. Henry was an incredible footballer but was also an artist capable of producing moments of pure brilliance and beauty.
His combination of being incredibly athletic and technically superb made him a living nightmare for defenders. For Arsenal fans, Henry was simply a pleasure to watch and will always be one if not the greatest player in the history of the Premier League.
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Ian Wright – 185 goals
Ian Wright simply loved to score goals. An outstanding marksman, the charismatic Englishman would score them all: tap-ins, headers, chips, outrageous volleys. He possessed the predatory poacher’s instincts that resulted in him scoring 221 goals for the Gunners in all competitions during his seven-year spell at the club between 1991- 1998
His repertoire of goals made him of the finest strikers ever to grace the English game and he will undoubtedly always be considered as one of the best ever players to wear the famous Red and White shirt.
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Cliff Bastin – 178 goals
A superstar in in the 1930’s, Cliff Bastin scored a remarkable 178 goals in 395 games in Herbert Chapman’s all conquering Arsenal side, particularly impressive given he was primarily used as an ‘outside left’ by Chapman.
It took until 1997 for Ian Wright to break his Arsenal goalscoring record. Until then, Bastin’s tally of 178 goals was the highest in Gunners history. He was a remarkable finisher who terrorised opposition’s defences with his skill, trickery and pace.
In the latter part of his career, Bastin’s game evolved from being a predatory goalscorer to creator. However, he made this transition seamless due to the wonderful technique and vision he possessed which allowed him to excel in the role.
John Radford – 149 goals
A player not always accredited for his significance and contribution to the team, John Radford was one of the most influential players’ to ever play for Arsenal.
Radford joined the club as an apprentice in 1962 and remained at the club until December 1976, making 481 appearances and scoring 149 times for the Gunners. The centre forward provided much more than goals, with a terrific ability to occupy defenders and create space for others.
Indeed, only Cliff Bastin, Ian Wright and Thierry Henry have scored more goals in an Arsenal shirt then Radford, who will go down as one as an all-time Gunners great.
Jimmy Brain- 139 goals
The first man to break the 100-goal barrier for Arsenal, Jimmy Brain is one of the North London outfits greatest ever goal scorers. The prolific striker scored 139 goals in 232 appearances, making him the joint fifth highest goalscorer in Gunners history along with Ted Drake, and he became the first player to break through the 30-goal barrier with 34 league strikes in the 1925/26 season, which remains the third most prolific individual season in the club’s history.
He was the Gunners’ top goalscorer for four consecutive seasons, hitting 121 goals in 177 matches in all competitions, and the man bought from Welsh club Ton Petre in May 1923 will go down in history as one of the most prolific marksmen to play for the Arsenal.