Wenger breaks another Arsenal record
Arsene Wenger has already written his name into the history books of Arsenal Football Club by becoming the most successful manager in their history. Today he also becomes the longest serving manager in the club’s history, overtaking George Allison’s long standing record.
Upon being appointed Gunners boss back in 1996, the London Evening Standard famously ran the headline “Arsene Who?”. Fast forward thirteen years and you’d be hard pressed to find a Londoner who has not heard of Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman has been a revelation in his time at the club, transforming their style of play from one which drew chants of “boring boring Arsenal”, to a flowing, attacking style admired the world over.
At the time of Wenger’s appointment, foreign managers in England were a rarity and many – including Arsene himself – believed the move to be a gamble.
Speaking to the official club website, he said:
“When you work abroad it is never easy because, frankly, they do not need you.
“It is difficult to put into context today because now every foreign manager arrives on a red carpet. It was not like that when I arrived.
“When I think retrospectively, it was a gamble by the Board and that is the biggest surprise to me,
“At that time, to do what Arsenal did, you needed to be a little bit crazy. Crazy in the sense that I had no name, I was foreign, there was no history. They needed to be, maybe not crazy, but certainly brave.”
Thankfully for Wenger and the Arsenal board, the gamble has paid off in fine style, with the boss keen to thank all those who have stood behind him throughout the thirteen years.
“I believe I was lucky to find the support I found at Arsenal and that is always important for success.”