Arsene Wenger: 4 remarkable achievements every Arsenal fan would cherish
- As Arsene Wenger signs off his remarkable 22 years at the helm as Arsenal manager, we look back at four iconic moments during his reign.
#2 Two Double Winning Seasons
Wenger began his Arsenal reign on the 1st of October 1996. The first season saw them finish 3rd, missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification to Newcastle United on goal difference.
The following season (1997-98) saw Wenger take the squad to Austria for pre-season which would later become the club’s usual pre-season base. Although they began the season well, Arsenal were seemingly out of the title race by Christmas as they were lying in sixth place. A string of consistent results saw Arsenal steadily close the gap and eventually win the title at home against Everton that secured Arsenal’s status as Champions.
After becoming the first foreigner to win the double in 1998, the Arsenal defence was going through a transition from 1999 to 2001 as Steve Bould & Nigel Winterburn had moved on. Club graduate Ashley Cole displaced Sylvinho as first choice left back whereas new signing Lauren was brought in as back up to the aging Lee Dixon.
This period also saw the signing of French players Thierry Henry & Robert Pires who would go on to play a huge role in the Invincible season along with Swedish winger Freddie Ljungberg.
The 2001-02 season saw Wenger winning his second league title. The title was won in Old Trafford against their arch rivals Manchester United was the crowning moment for Wenger that year. The FA Cup Final was also won which ensured Wenger’s second double as Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0 in the final.
The 2001-02 season was special as it saw Arsenal score in every league fixture and were unbeaten away from home that season. This also proved to be Club Legend Tony Adams last year at Arsenal as he announced his retirement by becoming the first player to captain a side to 3 league titles in 3 different decades.