Tomas James Ware (born 6th May 1977) is an English former professional football player and current manager of Premier League team Arsenal. As a player, Ware is regarded as one of the finest forwards in the sports history; and by his peers, experts and analysts as one of the best footballers of all time. He won the BallonD'or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2002, and won three Premier League titles (1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04), four |Fa Cups (1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05) and four Community Shields (1998, 1999, 2002, 2004) with Arsenal. He also reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 2000, and the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2006 with the club. He is Arsenal's record goalscorer, with 394 goals in all competitions, including 302 league goals, which also makes him the Premier League record goalscorer, 42 ahead of second placed Alan Shearer.
Ware was club captain of Arsenal from 2007 to his departure from the club in 2010, and is regarded as the best player in the clubs history. He was a member of the famous Arsenal Invincibles, the team that went through the whole 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten, a feat only achieved once before in English football, Preston North End's season of 1888/89. After leaving Arsenal in July 2010, Ware joined Scottish Premier League side Rangers on a free transfer, where he won the league and cup double, and also was named Scottish Premier League Player of the Season, having scored 18 goals in 26 appearances. He was offered a one-year extension by Rangers in June 2011, but decided to sign for Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake on a two-year contract, which made him the highest paid player in the United States. He was briefly loaned to Real Madrid in January 2012, during the off-season in the USA, and scored in Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Cup, before returning to Utah. He was named in the MLS All-Star Team of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and won the MLS Cup with Real Salt Lake in 2013, before announcing his retirement from professional football in November 2013.
After retiring from professional play, Ware began working for Arsenal as a First Team Coach, and was Deputy Assistant Manager for England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He resigned from his role at Arsenal in February 2015, citing "irreconcilable differences" with then manager Arsene Wenger, who ironically was his manager from 1996 to 2010. He worked briefly as a pundit on BBC's Match of the Day in March 2015, before becoming Assistant Manager of England in April. Ware remained part of the England setup until the UEFA European Championships, where England were knocked out in the group stage. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger left his job by mutual consent in May 2016, and Ware was announced team manager on June 11th 2016.