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

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

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
Year Wenger's days in charge   Year Allison's days in charge
2009 274 (on October 1, 2009)   1947 151
2008 366   1946 365
2007 365   1945 365
2006 365   1944 366
2005 365   1943 365
2004 366   1942 365
2003 365   1941 365
2002 365   1940 366
2001 365   1939 365
2000 366   1938 365
1999 365   1937 365
1998 365   1936 366
1997 365   1935 365
1996 92   1934 214
Total 4,749

 

Total4,748

 

 

ARSENE WENGER'S FULL ARSENAL RECORD
Competition P W D L F A

League

492 288 126 78 922 437
FA Cup 70 49 12 9 128 49
League Cup 45 28 3 14 93 61
UEFA Champions League 121 59 32 30 182 114
UEFA Cup 11 6 2 3 22 11
Charity/Community Shield 6 4 0 2 11 5
Total 745 434 175 136 1,359 677

 

GEORGE ALLISON'S FULL ARSENAL RECORD
Competition P W D L F A

League

251 112 71 68 476 296
FA Cup 24 15 3 6 51 27
League Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0
UEFA Champions League 0 0 0 0 0 0
UEFA Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charity/Community Shield 4 2 0 2 7 4
Total 279 129 74 76 534 327

Extracts from: Dailymail, Foxsports and Arsenaldotcom

 

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