The 36-year-old made his 633rd appearance at Arsenal

Monday, September 25, 2017

Gareth Barry has become the Premier League’s all-time record appearance holder.

The West Brom midfielder made his 633rd appearance at Arsenal on Monday night, surpassing the mark set by former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.

Barry was named Baggies captain for the night in recognition of the achievement.

The 36-year-old, who drew level with Giggs when he played in West Brom’s goalless draw against West Ham last weekend, also made his 601st start in the top flight.

Barry made his debut for Aston Villa at the age of 17, appearing as a substitute in a 3-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on May 2, 1998.

His landmark appearance came against the Gunners, who twice tried to sign him during his long career.

Instead Barry went on to play for Manchester City – with whom he won the title in 2012 – and Everton before joining West Brom on a free transfer this summer.

Now in his 21st season as a professional, Barry, who also has 53 England caps, this week admitted he could carry on playing until he is 40.

He also has his sights set on Giggs’ top-flight record of 672 appearances – the Welshman played 40 times in the old First Division before the Premier League was introduced.