Arsenal Premier League winner looks unrecognizable as he joins Man City title celebrations
Manchester City may have been the ones to win the Premier League title, but there was a touch of Arsenal present in the celebrations.
Pep Guardiola’s side beat the Gunners with ease in the end, with Mikel Arteta’s side’s defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday giving Man City their third straight title and their fifth in just six years.
Man City then celebrated their title win the following day, beating Chelsea 1-0 to add to the party atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium.
But eagle-eyed fans watching TV coverage spotted an ex-Gunner, who was there to lift the trophy and don a Man City ‘Champions 23’ shirt.
This former Arsenal star is former goalkeeper Richard Wright.
Mainly playing as David Seaman’s second-in-command at Highbury, Wright, now 45, was spotted standing with Pep Guardiola after the game.
But those watching barely recognized the ex-Gunner – unsurprising given he played for Arsenal over 20 years ago – Wright now sporting more silver hair.
Guardiola was seen putting his hand on Wright’s shoulder, as the two prepared to celebrate another piece of silverware.
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Since retiring from Man City in 2016, Wright has been part of Guardiola’s coaching staff, working as a goalkeeping coach.
The Ipswich-born ex-pro signed with Tractor Boys for Arsenal in 2001 for £2m, with Arsene Wenger seeing him as a long-term successor to David Seaman.
But in his first season he only made ten league appearances, qualifying just short of a Premier League winners’ medal.
After making 12 more appearances the following season, Wright went on to play for Everton, West Ham, Ipswich and Sheffield United, before spending four years at Man City without playing a game.