WRIGHT OUT TO STAY FIRST CHOICE
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Ipswich goalkeeper has been impressive for the North London side in the last three games in the absence of the injured David Seaman.
He was also the hero in Tuesday's vital Champions League win over Panthinaikos - saving a penalty in his first ever European game.
The 23-year-old is keeping his feet on the ground but he is intent on keeping his place in the team even when Seaman returns to fitness.
"It feels good to get that one out of the way because I was nervous in my first European match," said Wright. "But these are the sort of games I came to Arsenal to play in.
"It's always good for confidence to pull off a crucial save, especially a penalty. It gives you something to build on.
"It can work in reverse. You make a bad mistake and then you are haunted by it. So I feel I've made a good start.
"When I joined I accepted I wouldn't go straight into the side. I'm just hoping I can keep my place.
"Obviously I look ahead and would love to be part of England's World Cup squad but I have to take things gradually fully aware that when David is fit again he will want his place back."
Another player who is hoping to hold down his place in The Gunners starting line-up is defender Matthew Upson.
The former Luton Town ace kept his place in the side on Tuesday night, despite Martin Keown being available after suspension and Upson is hoping Gunners boss Arsene Wenger does not change a winning side.
"About six weeks ago I thought I would be going through the exit door here," said Upson. "I've been with Arsenal for four years and for two of those I have been injured.
"I wouldn't have been surprised if I had lost my place against The Greeks - but having got it, I just want a run in the team.
"It was nice to see the manager hasn't dropped players from a winning team just because others have returned."