Arsene Wenger. The name brings mixed emotions to nearly all current Arsenal fans.
The man, often referred to as ’Le Professeur’ brought unheralded glory to Arsenal. Three Premier League titles, an entire season unbeaten, a Champions League final, six FA Cups and a move to a new fortress are just a few of the great things the French genius has been able to oversee during his 20 years in England.
In charge of the Gunners, Wenger has also had his share of difficulties, though. Apart from the fact that in 1128 games, he never managed to once, find a jacket that fit him right, Wenger was also in charge of a side that suffered a nine-year trophy drought spanning 3,283 days and 512 games .
Despite such highs and lows, though, the Frenchman has always had Arsenal’s best interests in his heart, albeit sometimes it being to the detriment of the club.
While many fans out there, new to football, might think of him as a bespectacled, benign, spent force often throwing tantrums on the touchline, he is so much more than that.
Our next What if: feature takes a look at what could have been, had a young, scientist-looking foreigner, not taken charge of one of England's biggest clubs.
#1 No “Invincibles”
An Arsene Wenger led Arsenal side had their best ever season in the history of the club in 2003/04 when the Gunners went an entire Premier League campaign unbeaten. To make matters even sweeter, they sealed the title in London rivals Spurs’ home ground. That season earned the Gunners the 'Invincibles' nickname which cemented Wenger's spot in English football history.
Arsenal’s Invincibles contained a number of Wenger signings including Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires without whom this unbelievable feat would never have been possible.
Arsenal went on to extend their unbeaten run into the following season where it was snapped by Manchester United eventually.
The Invincible season was by far Arsene Wenger’s greatest achievement in his 20-year tenure at the club and that team will forever be considered one of the greatest in the history of football.
Without Le Professeur ,however, Arsenal fans would never have gotten to witness such greatness.