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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Wright salutes Henry's goal feat
Ian Wright (left) and Thierry Henry
Ian Wright says Thierry Henry fully deserves to have beaten his Arsenal all-time goalscoring record.

Henry's brace against Sparta Prague took him to 186 goals for the Gunners, one more than Wright's previous mark.

"He deserves it, he is a fantastic player. He has won everything, apart from the Champions League, which I am praying he can do," said Wright.

"It is no mean feat to come second to a player like that. It's not easy for me to say something like that."

Thierry does what he does outside the box and I would be inside waiting to get bits
Ian Wright

Wright took 14 fewer games to set his mark, having made 288 appearances for Arsenal, compared to Henry's 302 - but the 28-year-old Frenchman has many years left to increase his new record.

"It couldn't happen to a nicer fella. He is a footballing person. It is all about the football and the fans," said Wright.

"It would be different if it was someone you didn't like and he was a horrible person, giving it all the time, but he's not like that."

Wright and Henry never appeared together in a competitive game, with Wright leaving Highbury in 1998, one year before Henry arrived from Juventus.

"I am a predatory striker. That is why people say they would have liked to see us playing together," said the former England forward.

"He does what he does outside the box and I would be inside waiting to get bits and that would have been good to see."




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