Arsene Wenger’s 22-yr spell as Arsenal supervisor will come to an finish in Might, with the sixty eight-yr-previous having made the surprising announcement of his departure on Friday.
The Frenchman took over in 1996 and has gained 10 main trophies, together with final season’s FA Cup, which was clinched with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley.
Such an extended spell in north London has produced quite a few memorable events, each good and dangerous, however Wenger’s standing as a membership legend — regardless of a transparent cut up within the present opinion of followers —is safe.
Right here, we take a look at 5 of the best moments from Wenger’s reign.
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Wenger turned the primary overseas supervisor to win the double in England when he led Arsenal to Premier League and FA Cup success in 1997- ninety eight, his second season on the helm.
The title was a shocking triumph, with Arsenal overcoming a thirteen-level deficit to Manchester United as a way to be topped champions.
From Boxing Day, Arsenal gained 15 and drew three in an 18-match span. The run culminated within the title being gained with a memorable four-zero house win over Everton, captain Tony Adams scoring the fourth objective.
Arsenal went on to seal the double with a 2-zero FA Cup last victory over Newcastle United, Marc Overmars and Nicolas Anelka scoring at Wembley.
SIGNING THIERRY HENRY
Arsenal suffered an enormous blow when Anelka was granted his want to be a part of Actual Madrid for a reported £23 million in 1999.
Wenger had deliberate to signal Thierry Henry to pair with Anelka in assault however as an alternative the arrival from Juventus must exchange his compatriot, together with his process seemingly made all of the extra daunting by the truth that he value half the worth (£eleven.5m).
The signing of Henry proved to be a Wenger masterstroke, nevertheless.
In eight seasons, the ahead scored 174 Premier League objectives and 226 in all competitions, passing Ian Wright to grow to be the highest scorer within the membership’s historical past and incomes himself a statue outdoors Emirates Stadium within the course of.
Henry was bought to Barcelona in 2007, a transfer which greater than recouped his preliminary switch payment, earlier than returning to the membership for a mortgage spell in 2012, including one other two objectives to his tally and cementing his place in Arsenal followers’ hearts.
OLD TRAFFORD WIN SEALS SECOND DOUBLE
Arsenal had gone three full seasons and not using a trophy earlier than Wenger led them again to prime of English soccer together with his second double in 2001-02.
With Henry main the league’s goalcoring charts, the Gunners solely misplaced three Premier League matches all season en path to the title.
They finally took the crown from defending champions United by profitable the penultimate recreation of the season at Previous Trafford, a 1-zero victory given to them by Sylvain Wiltord’s well-known second-half end previous Fabien Barthez.
4 days earlier, Arsenal had crushed rivals Chelsea within the FA Cup ultimate in Cardiff, late objectives from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg proving decisive.
Wenger orchestrated probably the most well-known season in Arsenal’s historical past in 2003-04, as his ‘Invincibles’ staff went by way of the entire Premier League season with out defeat to win the title.
Arsenal gained 26 video games and drew 12, conceding simply 26 objectives in its 38 unbeaten matches.
The Gunners have been the primary prime-flight group to realize the feat since Preston North Finish had managed it one hundred fifteen years prior and the primary to take action within the 38-recreation period.
Henry scored 30 objectives to be named PFA Participant of the Yr for the second straight yr, whereas captain Patrick Vieira was additionally nominated for the accolade, with Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Lauren and Robert Pires all becoming a member of them within the Group of the Yr for a marketing campaign Arsenal followers will always remember.
FA CUP WIN ENDS NINE-YEAR TROPHY DROUGHT
Arsenal gained the FA Cup within the yr after its Invincibles season however went by means of 9 years with out silverware after that, piling intense strain on Wenger.
That made victory in the identical competitors in 2014 an enormous milestone for the supervisor.
Success was removed from simple, although. The Gunners beat Tottenham, Coventry Metropolis, Liverpool and Everton to succeed in the semifinals, the place they have been scorching favorites for glory.
However they wanted a penalty shootout to beat Championship aspect Wigan Athletic within the final 4 after which needed to come from two objectives right down to ultimately defeat Hull Metropolis in additional time of a dramatic ultimate that ended the membership’s trophy drought.
Arsenal went on to make it again-to-again FA Cup triumphs by profitable the 2015 competitors, too. It was Wenger’s sixth winners’ medal, and his seventh in 2016-17 made him probably the most profitable supervisor within the competitors’s historical past.