5 iconic moments of Arsene Wenger's career
Arsène Wenger celebrated 21 years at the helm of Arsenal over the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Brighton Hove and Albion. For the man to have been at Arsenal for over two decades is some achievement.
He may have had several low points in his time at Arsenal, but he has also had a lot of iconic moments. He’s won trophies, set records, changed cultural perspectives and elevated the status of Arsenal Football Club.
He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest figures football has ever seen and he deserves way more respect & recognition than we give him.
Here are 5 iconic moments in Arsène Wenger’s career.
#5 Moving Arsenal to the Emirates
It’s one thing to build a great team, it’s another thing to build a great club. Arsène Wenger set out a vision for Arsenal football club and followed it to the tee. He turned Arsenal from a great club into a super club on a global stage.
He noticed that Arsenal were trailing behind Europe’s elites in matchday revenue and gate intake. The 38,419 capacity of Highbury would no longer be enough for the club Arsène Wenger wanted to manage, he wanted to take them to new heights and that’s exactly what he did.
Many people criticise Arsène Wenger’s inability to win the Premier League ever since moving to the Emirates, but many seem to forget that he was under severe financial restrictions at that time.
The bank that loaned Arsenal the money to construct the Emirates specifically stated they would only complete the deal if Arsène Wenger managed to keep Arsenal in the Champions League in that time, which he did. When the whole world was doubting his vision, he stuck to it and took the club into a new stratosphere.