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Ian Wright's reaction to Arsenal's third goal against Olympiakos is TV gold

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If you were left pining for Gary Neville following Craig Bellamy's questionable guest appearance on Monday Night Football, then never fear! We have found a new pundit for you to devote your heart to. His name is Ian Wright.

The Arsenal legend has been quite the journeyman on his quest for airtime, popping up on ITV's coverage of England games as well as BBC's Match of the Day in recent years, but he appears to have finally found a home in BT Sport's swanky new European studio.

Obviously, his style differs quite significantly from that of Neville, but what he lacks in analytical nous, he most certainly makes up for in enthusiasm.

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That much was proved last night as he sat alongside Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker while Arsenal overcame the odds to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages against Olympiakos.

Once their record goalscorer, Wright has clearly maintained a love for the Gunners since hanging up his boots and could not hide his delight when Olivier Giroud completed his hat-trick in the second half.

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Called it

People often criticise Wright for an obvious inability to hide his fandom. The unwritten rule of punditry is that you need to be neutral, even critical, when discussing your former team. This is another thing Neville did very well when discussing Manchester United.

But Wright very often calls it on the night and did so again prior to kick-off. He backed Giroud to make the difference, which he did, scoring every goal in the 3-0 victory and grabbing the headlines in the process.

And here's what he had to say after the final whistle:

When his duties as a professional football talker ended, he went back to his brilliant best, trolling Arsenal's haters on Twitter.

How can you not love this guy?

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