'13 Years But Arsene Wenger's Journey Is Still On'

Muhammad Umar JawedCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2009

Arsene Wenger became Arsenal's longest-serving manager on thursday.The man who admitted that the club was "crazy" to give him the job in the first place breaks George Allison's record of 4,748 days at the helm - from June 1934, to May 1947.

Wenger was given the job in October 1996, and that time, most fans, accompanying headlines of "Arsene Who", felt the Gunners had taken leave of their senses but now those people will regret their words given the stupendous work the man has done.

Wenger, famously known as the Professor, is known for transforming the 'boring, boring Arsenal' of old into a club synonymous with his own unique brand of pass-and-move football.

Along the way, Wenger has delivered three Barclays Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a place in the 2006 UEFA Champions League final.

He has brought many Trophies to Club's Cabinet but, the achievement that gives him the most satisfaction is the 2003-2004 season, when Arsenal went unbeaten throughout the entire Premier League season earning them the famous title "Invincibles".

But Wenger readily admits that setbacks, such as the defeat by Barcelona in Paris in the Champions League Final and last season's semi-final loss to Manchester United, still hurts but provide him with all the motivation to carry on.

Failing to deliver trophies for the past five years haven't restrained him from working with talents like Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey & Jack Wilshere and he believes that the current squad is well capable of lifting major silverware this season.

No matter what criticism is thrown at Arsene, he will continue to work, adhering to his beliefs and defying his critics, to bring success to his beloved Arsenal.

Arsène Wenger Profile

Name
: Arsène Wenger

Born: October 22nd, 1949, Strasbourg, France

Previous clubs as player: Mutzig, Mulhouse, Strasbourg

Clubs as manager/coach: Strasbourg (youth), Cannes (assistant), Nancy, AS Monaco, Grampus Eight Nagoya

Joined Arsenal: October 1st, 1996

First match as manager: Blackburn Rovers (a), Premier League, October 12, 1996, Won 2-0

Honours (Monaco): French League Championship 1988, French Cup winners 1991, French 'Manager of the Year' 1988

Honours (Grampus Eight): Japan's 'Manager of the Year' 1995, Emperor's Cup winner 1996, Japanese Super Cup winner 1996

Honours (Arsenal): League championship 1998, 2002, 2004, FA Cup winners 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, Voted 'Manager of the Year' 1998, 2002, 2004

Comparison between Arsene & Allison

 

WENGER AND ALLISON - DAYS IN CHARGE
YearWenger's days in charge YearAllison's days in charge
2009274 (on October 1, 2009) 1947151
2008366 1946365
2007365 1945365
2006365 1944366
2005365 1943365
2004366 1942365
2003365 1941365
2002365 1940366
2001365 1939365
2000366 1938365
1999365 1937365
1998365 1936366
1997365 1935365
199692 1934214
Total4,749

 

Total4,748

 

 

ARSENE WENGER'S FULL ARSENAL RECORD
CompetitionPWDLFA

League

49228812678922437
FA Cup704912912849
League Cup45283149361
UEFA Champions League121593230182114
UEFA Cup116232211
Charity/Community Shield6402115
Total7454341751361,359677

 

GEORGE ALLISON'S FULL ARSENAL RECORD
CompetitionPWDLFA

League

2511127168476296
FA Cup2415365127
League Cup000000
UEFA Champions League000000
UEFA Cup000000
Charity/Community Shield420274
Total2791297476534327

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