Arsene Wenger is one of the most popular managers in football history, and there are many reasons why.
From how he sets his team up to play, to the fact that he is currently Europe’s longest serving manager, not to mention the only unbeaten premier league season till date, there is a lot special about him.
Here are ten undisputed facts about the Arsenal manager as he completes 20 years at the helm.
Arsene Wenger formally began working for Arsenal on October 1, 1996.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 22 September 2016
Wenger told his ex-wife Annie Brosterhous, a basketball player, “Five more years and that’s all,” when he joined Arsenal. Today make it 20 years + 1 day since that famous statement and the two are now divorced.
Wenger holds a Master in Economics from Strasbourg University and also a degree in Engineering. He can also speak English, French, German and can manage some Spanish, Italian and Japanese. This puts to light enough reasons as to how he can communicate so effectively with players from all over the world. What more could you ask of the man. Win the champions league???
Justin Bieber was 18 months old when Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal in 1996. Marcus Rashford wasn’t even born yet.
Wenger played mostly for amateur clubs. When he started his career back in 1969, not everything was about the money. Firstly, he joined a third division side Mutzig, the club most famous for playing “best amateur football” in Alsace. Although he was an important member of the squad, Wenger had to wait a bit longer before turning professional. He mostly played as a sweeper-defender in all of his clubs. Back in Mutzig, he developed a special relationship with Max Hild, the club’s manager. Since then, Hild persisted on bringing him to every club he has managed later on.
Only in his last three years as a footballer, did the French man start playing with professionals in RC Strasbourg who won the Ligue 1 title in 1978. He retired very soon after winning the league, at the age of 32