A lot has been written about our current Manager but what do we really know about him?
Many older supporters will probably know a fair bit but for our younger supporters I thought I would take this quiet spell as a way of showing you why this popular Arsenal manager is so highly acclaimed.
Arsene Charles Ernest Wenger: OBE, was born in Strasbourg France on October 22 1949.
Hhe has managed Arsenal Football Club from 1996 and is the longest-serving manager the club have ever had.
He has a Bachelors and Masters degree in both Electrical Engineering and Economics respectively from the University of Strasbourg.
He had a short playing career which spanned eight years and finished his playing days with RS Strasbourg in 1981 his position Defender.
He obtained his managers diploma in 1981 and took up his first post as coach to Strasbourg youth team, then after that joined AS Cannes as assistant manager in 1983
In 1984 he took over at Nancy-Lorrrain then onto AS Monaco in 1987 which was his start to success, winning the league in his first year, and the French Cup in 1999. He then went to Japanese side Grampus eight where he won the Emperors Cup and moved their bottom position in the league to third in eighteen months.
Wenger had met David Dein prior to his appointment in 1988 when Arsenal played Queens Park Rangers and they remained friends until 1996 when Bruce Rioch got the sack as Arsenal Manager. Wenger was then recommended to David Dein the then vice chairman of Arsenal FC by Gerard Houllier, the then technical director of French football and through that recommendation Wenger was appointed Manager of Arsenal football club 30 September 1996 and took up his post in 1996.
Arsene’s Arsenal appointment made headlines in the national papers seeing how he was a virtual unknown in England at the time and the first Manager in Arsenals history to be appointed from outside of the British Isles. The headlines were “Arsene Who”?
Well they certainly know who he is now. With Three FA premier titles in 1998, 2002 & 2004 Four FA Cups 1998, 2003, 2004 & 200505 and Four FA Community Shields 1998, 1999, 2002 & 2004 he has certainly made his mark on English football.
Arsene Charles Ernest Wenger is also recognised worldwide here are some of his awards.
IndividualFrench Manager of the Year: 1988 & 2008
League Manager of the Year: 1995
Officer of the British Empire: 2003
Onze d’Or Coach of The Year: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
FA Premier League Manager of the Year: 1998, 2002, 2004
LMA Manager of the Year: 2001–02, 2003–04
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award: 2002, 2004
Freedom of Islington: 2004
FWA Tribute Award: 2005
English Football Hall of Fame: 2006
Premier League Manager of the Month – March 1998, April 1998, October 2000, April 2002, September 2002, August 2003, February 2004, August 2004, September 2007, December 2007, February 2011
World Coach of the Decade
Arsene Wenger is not finished yet, he is at present scouting for new talent in South America.
The Transfer Window is open and Wenger is about to return, will he bring the talent back with him to put a few more trophies on his impressive list? I wouldn’t bet against it.
His searching shows he is still enthusiastic and hopefully he still possesses the power to see a bargain and future superstar. We look forward to the new season ahead and a return of Arsene’s winning ways.
Arsene Charles Ernest Wenger OBE – a true Arsenal Legend in every way.
Written by Steve Palmer