The longest serving manager in Arsenal’s history, and for a club, which was founded in 1886, that is some record. Arsene Wenger celebrates thirteen years at the helm of the famous north London side today, and as well as holding the title of the Gunners’ longest serving manager, he is also the most successful. Three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, are Wenger’s achievements, and we must not forget the Champions League final in 2006, when a ten man Arsenal side came within twenty minutes of lifting Europe’s greatest prize. Genuinely outspoken, many commentators laughed at him when he revealed that Arsenal could go the whole season unbeaten.

Arsene Wenger is the most succesful Gunners' manager


That was in 2003. A year later and Wenger had the last laugh, as the Invincibles of 2004 became the first club to go the entire Premiership season unbeaten. Even Sir Alex Ferguson in his 22 years at Old Trafford has not managed that feat, and we are unlikely to ever see it happen again. Wenger is the first non-British manager to win the double a year after his arrival in 1997-98, and just for good measure, he went on to win it again in 2001-02.


Those of us who have been in his company at post match press conferences have encountered a passionate man; dedicated to his cause to make Arsenal the greatest club the world has ever seen. His single mindedness has at times been perceived as arrogance by some, but Wenger knows he only wants to win. He once called Arsenal his little “ island,” and understands the great history and tradition surrounding one of England’s most established as respected clubs. On his arrival in 1996, the famous back line of Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould and Martin Keown became the bedrock of Wenger’s philosophy, with Paul Merson and Ian Wright describing Wenger bringing “ unbelievable belief,” to the club.


Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Ray Parlour, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Pires and many others will testify to how focussed Wenger remains, analysing the most crucial of details, on and off the pitch. Freddie Ljungberg once had a telling off from Wenger after he had devoured a let night plate of spaghetti bolognaise at a team hotel before an away game. And how did Wenger find out? He checks all the bills before we check-out of the hotels Ljungberg was to later reveal.


Wenger has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a masters in Economics from Strasbourg University. He is also a linguist, and is able to converse in French, English Spanish, German, and get by in Italian and Japanese. Not a prolific player in his time, Wenger enjoyed success as manager at Nancy, Monaco, Grampus Eight in Japan and his finest hour was to be reserved for Arsenal. His single mindedness was to firstly manifest itself in the construction of a new training ground at London Colny, and then his vision for The Emirates Stadium was to see London’s finest Stadium open in 2006. How special is Wenger to Arsenal and the Premier League? Well, no other manager has had an asteroid named after him. 33179 Arsenewenger was named after the Arsenal manager in 2007 by astronomer Ian P. Grifffin, who himelf is an Arsenal fan.

The fifty-nine year old Wenger has been awarded :-

French manager of the year 1998 and 2008

J-League manager of the year 1995

FA Premier League manager of the year 1998, 2002, 2004

League Managers’ Association Manager of the year 2001-02, 2003-4

And was inducted into the Football League Hall of Fame in 2006.