Wright advised to let record come naturally

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Dennis Bergkamp and the rest of Arsenal's multi-national squad have told Ian Wright to forget about Cliff Bastin's record.

There has made a great deal in the media about Wright being close to breaking Cliff Bastin's 178-goal Arsenal scoring record, and having failed to score at Southampton on Saturday, where Bergkamp and his fellow Dutchman, Marc Overmars, found the net, the England striker still needs one goal to equal it. He has the chance to match that record against Leicester in tonight's Premiership match at Filbert Street.

Bergkamp is convinced it is just a matter of staying in the groove and said: "We've just told him to relax, to keep putting on his loud, fast music in the dressing-room before the game and let the record come naturally - as it surely will."

The Dutchman added: "Nobody needs to help him particularly - he's just instinctive and he is going to keep scoring goals for a long time. It has been amazing the last week or so with players in other teams talking about who is going to mark Ian and stop him getting the record, but we all know he will get it when he can.

"He's got a big chance to play for England in the World Cup now with Alan Shearer out injured but he's got his own motivation to keep doing well and it is infectious.

"We go to games laughing and screaming on the bus and from the moment we are in the dressing room Ian has got his music and it is all pumped up. It is like a discotheque in there sometimes. It is Ian's choice and I don't know the names of the songs, but it is all about the great mentality and humour we have here."

A few miles down the road at Tottenham, where many fans feel they have had their sense of humour tested for too long, there is a fervent desire for the club's new signing, Jose Dominguez, to prove he is not a one-day wonder.

The diminutive Portuguese winger Dominguez changed the entire mood of the White Hart Lane faithful after coming off the bench to replace injured David Ginola in Saturday's clash with Derby. The 23-year-old captivated the Spurs fans with his dazzling array of tricks, causing countless problems for the Derby defence and being brought down for the free-kick from which Colin Calderwood headed the winner.

With Ginola officially "doubtful" for the visit of Aston Villa with a shoulder problem, the Spurs manager, Gerry Francis, is likely to give the former Birmingham City player - a wrist injury permitting - his first start.

Spurs' captain, David Howells, who missed the late penalty Dominguez earned against Derby, is convinced the man they call "Joe" at White Hart Lane can turn it on again. "The crowd really took to him on Saturday and he had a tremendous game," Howells said. "Joe's got so much talent and the skills he showed were fantastic. Some of the tricks he brought to the game even put a smile on my face. Let's hope he can do it again."

Southampton's goalkeeper, Paul Jones, has warned his team-mates not to get too carried away by the need to kick-start the season against Crystal Palace today. The Welsh international's excellent performances have not been enough to prevent Southampton losing their first three Premiership matches.

It has piled early-season pressure on the man the goalkeeper followed to The Dell from Stockport in the summer, his new manager and namesake, Dave Jones.

The goalkeeper has urged his colleagues to reflect on the openings they have made already this term as he urged them to keep a cool head.

"If we can just keep playing the way we have so far the luck will turn for us, I've no doubt," he said.

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