WRIGHT A GUNNER - ALEX A GONER
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The England international has sealed his move to Highbury, scuppering rumours that Arsene Wenger would instead look to Jerzy Dudek of Feyenoord or Juventus number one Edwin van der Sar.
However, the deal spells the end of Austrian international Alex Manninger's playing days at the club, with Wenger confirming he will listen to offers for the 24-year-old.
Wright had set his sights on a transfer to last season's Premiership runners-up in order to further his claims for an international spot ahead of next year's World Cup finals.
"I'll be playing Champions League football and it is a great opportunity," said the 23-year-old.
"I am looking forward to it and it should be a good season, hopefully, for Arsenal next year.
"I had a great time at Ipswich and enjoyed it a lot. George Burley showed a lot of faith in me and helped me learn my trade.
"Malcolm Webster, the goalkeeping coach, was also good and it is nice to work with Bob Wilson and David Seaman here.
"George Burley was very positive about it and it was nice of him to say that.
"I can learn from David Seaman but I want to play in the first team. What he has achieved is brilliant and if I can achieve what he has achieved, I will be very happy."
Wenger is pleased with another shrewd acquisition, but confirmed it spells the end of Manninger's career at Highbury.
"I think he is a young talent and we looked for somebody who can challenge David Seaman straight away, and I think Richard can do that," said the Gunners boss.
"It is up to him.
"Ideally, we will go down to two keepers - David Seaman will stay.
"Alex Manninger has to get an opportunity to play. He has done tremendously well but, if he gets the right opportunity, we will let him go.
"But it must be right for him too."
The spending spree is not over yet with Japanese star Junichi Inamoto also on Wenger's wanted list.
"A maximum of one more player will come," he added. "After that, it is finished.
"We have bought three English players and one player who is already used to playing in the British weather and a physically hard league in Scotland."