Arsenal honour three legends - but what about Wenger?
Statues of Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry to be unveiled at the Emirates
ARSENAL will unveil statues of Tony Adams, Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman outside the Emirates Stadium on Friday as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.
The plan was announced earlier this week but the identities of the players being honoured were supposed to remain secret until the official unveiling. However, the club's media department appears to be as leaky as Arsene Wenger's back four and the names of the "legends" have been revealed in The Daily Telegraph two days early.
The news was well recieved among Gunners fans - all three are certainly legends.
As manager Chapman guided the club to its first league titles in the 1930s, Adams spent his entire 19-year career at Arsenal and won five titles, while Henry, who still plays for the New York Red Bulls, is the club's all-time leading scorer and in 2008 was voted best ever player.
However, there were other candidates, and after the news broke many fans on internet message boards called for Arsene Wenger, who redefined Arsenal's style of play, to be honoured in a similar way. In a Telegraph poll, 35 per cent of voters said the manager deserved recognition.
The Frenchman will no doubt welcome the support after a miserable summer and start to the new season, which was so bad that some supporters were calling for his head.
Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp who, along with Wenger helped transform Arsenal in the late 1990s, received even more support. He attracted 40 per cent of the vote in the Telegraph poll.
In The Guardian Jamie Jackson suggested that Ian Wright had a case for inclusion. But he concluded: "If the reports are correct, there is one man who is definitely missing if the club are honouring their greatest people. What price the Arsene Wenger Stand coming soon to Arsenal's 60,000-seater amphitheatre?" ·