'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
|Year||Wenger's days in charge||Year||Allison's days in charge|
|2009||274 (on October 1, 2009)||1947||151|
|UEFA Champions League||121||59||32||30||182||114|
|UEFA Champions League||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Extracts from: Dailymail, Foxsports and Arsenaldotcom
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