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Sunday, May 13th 2018 saw Arsen Wenger’s era in the North London while managing the Gunners coming to an end ever since he moved his way from Nagoya Grampus in Japan 22 years back.

His journey on the pitch all started with a 2-0 win at Blackburn still in 1996 and ended with a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield in 2018.

In those 22 years, Wenger led Arsenal in 1,235 games in all competitions, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including two Doubles. His Last Goal was scored by the January Signing, Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Thierry Henry scored 228 goals for Arsenal under Wenger, more than any other player at the Club.

Arsen Wenger
Arsen Wenger was a key in building the Emirates Stadium

Out of the 1,235 games, he won 707, drawn 280 and lost 248. He has managed the most number games in the Premier League, with 828 games all with Arsenal followed by Alex Fergurson 810 all with Manchester United, Harry Rednapp 641, David Moyes 526 and Sam Allardyce 512 to mark the top. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe currently remains the longest serving Premier League manager with over 16 years behind Wenger’s.

The French Man’s most memorable achievement in the history of Football is the stunning unbeaten season of 2003-04 that even crossed to the following season, making it 49/49 unbeatable in the League.

However, his early glory faded with time, with 11 of the 17 trophies the Gunners won under his management coming in his first 10 years in charge.

The Frenchman has also been able to take Arsenal to the Champions League back to back for the first 20 years of his management though he now leaves them in sixth, their lowest position since he arrived making them qualify to the Europa League for the second Consecutive time.

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Arsenal Vs Chelsea in the FA Cup Finals 2017

In Europe there was the pain of losing the 2000 Uefa Cup final to Galatasary on penalties and defeat by Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final, while Wenger’s Arsenal increasingly struggled against the other ‘big six’ English sides in later years. He lost the Crucial Semi-Finals of the Europa League this season to Atletico Madrid with 2 – 1 to deny being sent off by a silver ware this season. He has not won any European or the English League Trophy in all his years at Arsenal.

Wenger’s Tally Vs the Top Six EPL Clubs

Club

Played Won Drawn Lost
Man City 40 20 8 12
Manchester United 60 18 15 27
Tottenham Hot spurs 52 23 20 9
Liverpool 52 19 17 17
Chelsea 62 23 18 21

 

His Last trophy with Arsenal remains the Charity Shield that he won in August last year after beating Chelsea towards the start of the season. His boys had earlier won the FA Cup Finals in May, still by beating Chelsea who had already won the League and were vying for a double.

Meanwhile, those that witnessed Wenger’s coming to the English Football all agree that he undoubtedly changed it and his longevity will perhaps never be matched.

Brief Bio About Arsen Wenger

He was born in October 22, 1949 in Strasbourg, France and currently aged 68 Years Old. Wenger’s official wife is Annie Brosterhous that he married in 2010 and separated in 2015. He has one child, a daughter called Léa Wenger.

Arsen Wenger's Daughter
Arsen Wenger’s Daughter Lea (L)

His Famous Quotes:

At a young age winning is not the most important thing… the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.”

Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players… they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure.”

Merci Arsen….

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