Arsenal presented Gareth Barry with a shirt on Monday night, as a way of congratulating the West Brom midfielder for breaking the Premier League appearance record.

Barry made his 633rd appearance against the Gunners on Monday, which moved him ahead of Ryan Giggs as the player with the most appearances of all time in the league. To commemorate the event, Arsenal printed a shirt with ‘633’ on the back, and had the squad sign it, before presenting it to Gareth as shown below:

It was a touch of class from the Gunners on Barry’s big night, and Arsène Wenger wrote a tribute to the midfielder in the pre-match programme, saying: “It’s an incredible achievement but he is a marvellous player,” reports the Evening Standard.

“I think he’s been underrated because he is always focused, determined, strong in the challenge, has good vision, a top-quality left foot and is also a very good defender.

“He’s a very intelligent player on the pitch and breaking Ryan Giggs’ record is a remarkable achievement because it shows this guy has dedicated his life to the game.”

The Arsenal boss also went on to talk about how Barry would likely have had more appearances for England in most other eras, but in the era of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Paul Scholes it was always going to be much more difficult.

Arsenal weren’t the only ones to pay tribute to Gareth on Monday, with Manchester City and England manager Gareth Southgate among the others to note the achievement:

Unsurprisingly, the other Manchester club weren’t so keen to congratulate Barry, given it was one of their old players losing the record after all, to an ex-City man.

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