Arsenal legend reveals the secrets behind his passion for football

Ian Wright will forever be an Arsenal legend after netting 128 goals in 221 league games for the Gunners, helping them win a Premier League crown, two FA Cups, one League Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

In a short film for Premier League sponsors Barclays, former Arsenal and Crystal Palace legend Ian Wright has spoken about how his passion for the game drove him to become a Premier League icon.

Wright cites his relationship with his older brother Morris, his time at Turnham Primary School in South London and his unsuccessful trials as a young footballer as reasons that made him even more determined to succeed in the game when he was growing up. After turning professional with Crystal Palace at 21 and then moving onto Arsenal, Wright reveals how he was driven by the fans and how football brought out the passion that he always had as a young man.

Arsenal’s most famous number 8 said “I think if I had to pin down what really got me going and motivated and my ethic to work hard, I have to say I owe it to Morris. Because he was being a big brother, he inadvertently turned me into a Premier League Footballer”.

Wright also spoke about his special relationship with the fans, “It’s all been driven for me by the fans. I wanted to be a hero for them, I wanted to be the person on the pitch that when we were losing they want someone to answer the call, they want someone to score a goal so they can have that euphoric outpouring of emotion, and I always wanted to do it”.

The short film marks the start of Barclays ‘Spirit of the Game Heroes’ campaign, which showcases individuals who make the Barclays Premier League what it is. Barclays asked every Premier League club to nominate one person – whether it be a club legend, community hero or a committed fan – who best represented the passion behind their club. Each of these nominees will be celebrated in their club’s matchday programme and on its perimeter boards during October.

Throughout the rest of the 2014/15 season Barclays will continue to highlight those people, both young and old, who champion the true spirit of the game and will be rewarding fans who join the conversation via the Barclays Football Facebook Page or Barclays Footy Twitter Page with exclusive ticket and merchandise giveaways.

Watch the full video of Wrighty HERE

During the 2014-15 season, Barclays will be saying Thank you to all those people who champion the true spirit of the game. Join the conversation at: www.facebook.com/BarclaysFootball