Arsene Wenger Marks 20th Anniversary As Arsenal’s Manager

Arsene Wenger celebrates his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager this weekend against opponents who have caused him more anguish than almost any other team.

 

Arsene Wenger
During the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016 in London, England.

Arsene Wenger celebrates his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager this weekend against opponents who have caused him more anguish than almost any other team.

The Frenchman has won only five of his last 31 meetings against Chelsea and had his last major milestone – his 1 000th match as Arsenal manager – spoilt by a 6-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge.

But having seen a second-string team win 4-0 at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup in mid-week, after a 4-1 success at Hull City last weekend, he is feeling chipper about the depth of his squad.

“We have four days to prepare for the game, let’s focus on that now,” Wenger said after Tuesday’s victory at the City Ground.

“The performance shows that the players who played at Hull need to be on their toes and that’s what we want – competition for places.

“The performance (against Forest) shows that competition exists.”

Thursday marked 20 years to the day since Wenger, now 66, was presented to the media as Arsenal’s new manager after arriving from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight to succeed the sacked Bruce Rioch.

Wenger was a near-unknown in England and few who witnessed his unveiling at Highbury – blue blazer, red club tie – could have predicted he would be the man to redefine the club.

The Wenger era at Arsenal divides neatly into two 10-year parts.

From 1996 to 2006 almost everything he touched turned to gold as Arsenal won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, went a season unbeaten in 2003-04 and reached the Champions League final.

But the years since, during which Wenger’s transfer spending was curbed by the cost of constructing the Emirates Stadium, were entirely fallow until the back-to-back FA Cup triumphs of 2014 and 2015.

Arsenal’s quest to end their 12-year league title drought got off to an inauspicious start this season with a 4-3 home defeat by Liverpool followed by a 0-0 draw at champions Leicester City.

Credit: Super Sport

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