Wenger's 500th game was Arsenal against Jose Mourinho of Chelsea. His 1000th was also against Mourinho. He has yet to beat him; the thumping 6-0 at Stamford Bridge a record win for Jose in England and now 11 matches unbeaten between the two. Mourinho is the ultimate modern coach, charismatic, young, flash and great with the media and, mostly importantly, down with his team, exactly what the players want. The modern players wants the coach to dress like them, strut like them and drive the same car as them, the only reason Pardew has kept his job at Newcastle. Jose plays the modern game to perfection. Wenger is more the intellectual, all sports medicine and diet, training methods and nurturing youth, loyal to his club and expecting that in return. Wenger wants his club to make money and doesn't mind if those young talented players move on when at their prime. Jose, on the other hand, doesn't care about nurturing stuff, very much a cheque book manager. I want him, him and him! I was very surprised United don't grab Jose when they could. Moyes is neither. Wenger doesn't want to leave Arsenal and loves being being the king of the castle, 17 years and 191 days on the thrown, more well the dressed company man than the spiv that Jose is. He gets to use his intellect at Arsenal and that's what he likes most at Arsenal. The average lifespan of a Premier League manager is now 13 months. Pardew is the second longest serving Premier League manager at 3 years, 133 days. No other Premier League manager can boast two years service. But Wenger hasn't won anything for a while and perhaps too much of the business man and less the coach these days and time could be up. You know Arsenal don't want him to go and he doesn't want to, perhaps that comfort zone between the two the reason why no more trophies. But only Hull stand in Wengers way of an FA Cup Final victory to close that career at the top. If he doesn't win it will be ten years since his last trophy. Either way I think he will stay because he can do his thing at Arsenal unhindered as he is a method coach and not a traditional one and so no real need for another club. The budget doesn't really matter. I think he quite enjoys making a profit from the youth he brings through at the club and feels rewarded by the balance sheet as much as he does playing football the right way, more of that respect for the club. He was certainly the right guy to have around when Arsenal needed to budget to pay for the stadium costs. He didn't seem to want to try and stop the likes of Fabregas going to Barcelona and Van Persie to United when he did have money to spend and so I do see him more as as the manager who cares for the clubs success than the other way around. He's very french that way and once he makes up his mind a players time is up, he sells. He's very French that way and once he makes up his mind a players time is up he sells. He certainly has bought in and nutured some serious talent over his 17 year's: Thierry Henry one of the greats. Wenger was forced into signing Ozil by the crowd because his young proteges hadn't quite delivered to his schedule. That 47m would simply be seen as waste and failure to Wenger as he had not quite delivered on his precious schedule. Wengers last trophy was the FA Cup way back in 2005. He is far less successful than people think. Four Premier League titles are impressive, including the Invincible's of 2003-4, unbeaten all season. But just 4 FA Cups to go with in those 17 years isn't that prolific. 4 Charity Shields don't count. It all seemed to stop in 2005 when the Invincibles aged. But he has been a brilliant bottom line manager for Arsenal with 18 successive Champions League qualifications and 14 progressions from the group stages. That's what pays the bills. In 2005 he fielded a 16 man squad against Crystal Palace that had no British born players in it. He also put out an all black 11 in the European Cup, why Arsenal has such a big black following in club shirt sales across the world, one would suspect. Why he loved foreign players back then over home grown lads is neither here nor there because his teams are now the template for the Premier League. It looks like that influx made young British players in English Academies work harder and now the Arsenal team is pleasingly more home grown with the outstanding talents of Wilshire, Chamberlin, Ramsay ect, adding to British national teams strength. He has even signed older players in their 30s the last five years, going against his lapidary youth policy. Mertezacker turned out to be rather good in the end. Teams do need wise heads.His playing career was not great, accruing just 67 appearances and four goals in four different teams from 1969?1981 as a full back, the French clubs as obscure as that playing career, Mutziig, Mulhouse, ASPV Strasbourg and RC Strasbourg. In that time he acquired a degree in Economics and Management, that his real destiny. That degree sums up his management style.
As a manager he spent 1984 to 1987 with the wonderfully named Nancy-Lorraine and then seven years at Monaco and a year in Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1995-96 before joining Arsenal. He only went to Japan to burn up time to wait for the sacking of Bruce Rioch at Arsenal. AW would only win two trophies with Monaco, Glen Hoddle the inspiration for the top league title in Wengers first season. English stray Mark Hately also pitched up and European Footballer of the Year George Weah and Klinsman in his teams. The reason Wenger stated as to leave Monaco was the match-fixing in French football at that time, notably Marseille and Bernard Tapie. Whistle blower ?Boro Primorac' of Marseille was ostracized by French football for exposing the corruption and Wenger took him to Grampus Eight for his honesty and the rest is history, a good man now England's most respected manager.
In Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have definitely got one of the most naturally talented coaches in the world. His eye for footballing talent is unquestionable, yet some of the decisions he has made especially recently certainly are.
In 1996 and following the departure of Bruce Rioch Arsenal had a complete change of direction and opted for the services of the relatively unknown Wenger. Initially, the fans were not sure what to make of him and the strategy that he introduced. There was a complete change to the old drinking culture implemented by players like Tony Adams and Paul Merson at the club and a new regime based on good eating, a change in training methods and mentality. It did not take long though for Wenger to make the impact that he so wanted and this came hand in hand with class new signings, such as Viera, Overmars, Petit and Anelka.
With his feet firmly under the table and successful times ahead Wenger looked set for a long time at the helm of the club and the top signings continued - one in particular Thierry Henry optimized what Wenger was about. In Henry he turned a failing left winger into an out and out goal scoring machine who's talent was plain to see and could beat all on the world stage.
The team had lived up to its reputation by winning the Premier League and the FA Cup but success on the European Stage remained a stumbling block. In the 2003-2004 season the club made history by winning the league without a single defeat; an amazing achievement. It genuinely looked as though Wenger would be at the club forever because the fans adored him and the style of football - many of the other sides attempted to mimick this possession game based on snappy passing.
However, with a move to 'The Emirates Stadium' and the departure of Arsenals greatest ever player in Henry the clubs fortunes took a turn. They have not won a trophy since 2005 and for a club the size of Arsenal this is simply not good enough. There seems to have been a real change in the metality at the club. Before Arsenal had lots of foreign stars and there was an impetus on success - now things have changed. The club seem to have gone with a philosophy of getting as many young English or British players in the squad as possible with the likes of Gibbs, Wilshere, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain etc and the foreign stars that they have purchased have not been of the same caliber as before ie Giroud, Koscielny, Santos and Arteta. It appears that the club would rather make a huge profit and pay their shareholders than risk things, heavily invest and really challenge United and City.
In my opinion I think Wenger will struggle to remain in post beyond the end of the season if he cannot deliver that vital fourth spot that will secure Champions League Football - this is a must. But, he could go anyway. The club sit in fifth place and after an almost certain exit from the Champions League to Bayern Munich and being left in no other competitions due to defeats to lower league opposition in the Carling and FA Cups - could he be on his way. For me i think the hirearchy at Arsenal love Wenger because he delivers financial reward to them without breaking the bank. However, now i think the critics are gathering and a recent press conference in which he unusually lost his cool showed some cracks appearing.
After years at the helm and changing the Premier League for the good I think it's time Wenger stepped down. I would hate to see him sacked because i think he has been a loyal servant to the gooners and he would get more respect if he just resigned at the end of the current season, enabling a new chap to come in and take the reigns. They would be big boots to fill, but for me David Moyes has got the feet!
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There is no doubting that Arsene Wenger is both an intelligent man and also a good football manager. What may be somewhat questioned over the past five seasons has been his inability to deliver trophies to his Arsenal team. For a team like Arsenal to go five seasons without a single trophy (The Emirates Cup doesn't count) is not a good return. He has in more recent seasons built his team around youth and also the notion of playing an attractive brand of football which is pleasing on the eye but does not always seem to get the team and its fans the desired results and trophies.
Going back to his early beginnings we find that Arsene Wenger was born in Strasbourg, France on the 22nd of October 1949. He had a relatively mediocre playing career making a total of 11 appearance for top French side Strasbourg. He was a quite focussed student and managed to complete two degrees and has both a degree in Electrical Engineering and a masters in Economics. I doubt there are many football managers in the top leagues with similar academic qualifications which help to underline his intelligence. He had various managerial and coaching jobs in France. The most notable of these was at Monaco where he won the French League and also managed to sign a number of high class players He went on to manage a team in Japan called Grampus Eight where he was also successful before being picked up by Arsenal. At the time he became Arsenal manager he was a relatively unknown figure in the English game.
Since coming to Arsenal in 1996, Wenger has had tremendous success and has taken charge over more matches than any Arsenal manager before him. He has achieved three League titles, four FA Cups and four Charity/Community Shields in his reign, including League and Cup 'doubles' in 1998 and 2002.
He is the only Arsenal manager to have won the FA Cup more than once and the only manager to take the Club to a Champions League Final, while he was also the first manager in English league history to complete an entire 38-game season unbeaten in 2003/04.
Wenger's teams are technically very good and although he has not spent in recent seasons bringing in players that could improve the experience and quality of the team, they still play an attractive brand of football. I am saying all this ,not being an Arsenal fan at all. I am actually a fan of one of their main London rivals.
For all the praise though, I think Wenger has come to realise that he needs to invest in order to win any more trophies. The past few seasons they have seemed to come short in the last stages of the season. They have tended to be outclassed and outfought when it came down to the crunch and he will have to spend money on new players if he wants to take his team forward. Ever since captain Patrick Vieira scored the winning penalty in the 2005 FA Cup Final, Arsenal have suffered five trophy less seasons. That was his last kick of the ball in an Arsenal shirt and he went on to move to Juventus that summer. It was probably the first stage of the breakup of the 'Invincibles' which went a whole league season unbeaten. He will get another season or maybe two to see if he can change it around but if Arsenal are still without trophies he may be out of there. I think he is a top class manger but one of the things I don't like about him is his inability to see incidents even though he was there and also his ability to whinge about various incidents which has earnt him the nickname of Arsene Whinger. He is though a great manager and gets 4/5 stars from me.
When Arsene Wenger was announced as the new manager of Arsenal F.C., in September 1996, few in the country had heard about the Frenchman and one of the common exclaimations was "Arsene Who". Personally I was also one of those who hadn't a clue who he was. At first my thoughts were very apprehenisve but apprehension soon lead to optimism after I had viewed the bio-data of Mr Wenger. Arsene Wenger The Player ---------------------------- He started his amateur playing career with a French Third Division side called Mutzig. His position was as a sweeper-defender. He turned professional in 1978, whilst with Strasbourg. He also played for other sides Mulhous and Vauban during his playing career. His achievements as a player are rather neglible other than the French title winners medal he secured with Strasbourg one year after his debut with them. But as one sports writer put it, the atributes required to play football at the highest level often go into reverse when it comes to management. Arsene Wenger the Manager ---------------------------------- He secured his manager diploma during 1981 in Paris. He first assignment was as youth team coach at Strasbourg. He also had a brief spell as assistant coach with Cannes and after two years he was appointed as manager of Nancy. Unfortunately his inaugural managerial appointment did not get off to a good start as Nancy was relegated in his first season in charge. In 1987 he was appointed as manager of Monaco. This was the start of success for Arsene Wenger and he won the French Championship in 1988, the French Cup in 1991, the final of the Cup Winners Cup aswell as qualifying for the European Cup in 1988-89. During his seven years at Monaco his team always finished in the top three positions. He also worked with and signed players that would one day become icons of football in their respective countries. Glenn Ho
ddle, George Weah, Jean Tigana, Mark Hately were some of fine examples. Due to his success with Monaco he was offered jobs with the French National team and with the German giants Bayern Munich. He was surprisingly sacked by Monaco in 1995 and promptly took his managerial experience to far away Japan, where he joined Grampus Eight. He took the Japanese club from third from bottom to second place and also won the Japanese Cup. In 1996 he was appointed as manager of Arsenal F.C. and replaced Bruce Rioch. During his tenure at Arsenal he has become undoubtedly the north London clubs most successful manager. As mentioned earlier in this op the cries of “Arsene Who”, when his appointment was announced, were soon replaced by “Theirs Only One Arsene Wenger”. During his first season in charge he was met with an ageing squad and a dilapidated youth setup. His first acquisition was of Patrick Vieira from A.C. Milan at a cost of £3.5 million. Emmanuel Petit and Nicolas Anelka soon followed this. Later Marc Overmars was added to the squad. That very season saw Arsenal put in a spirited title challenge for the first time since 1991. Emmanuel Petit and Nicolas Anelka followed, with Dutchman Marc Overmars adding to the foreign influx. Arsene Wenger not only bought his managerial experience on the pitch but also off the pitch. He prompted Arsenal into drastically improving the training facilities and into concentrating heavily on the youth policy. He also introduced his own blend of training routine, which included changing the player’s diets and introducing hitherto unknown exercises and tactical training maneuvers. All of this was done in the shortest possible time and today Arsenal Football Club have born the fruit of Wenger’s actions. In his second season (1997/98) at the helm Arsenal went on to do “The Double
221; by winning the Premiership and the FA Cup. This was second time that Arsenal had achieved the domestic “Double”. Prior to the start of the 1999/00 season Wenger purchased Thierry Henry, Savor Suker, Silvinho, Oleg Luzhny and Stefan Malz. More players were brought in prior to the 2000/01 season and these were Robert Pires, Lauren, Wiltord, Ljungberg, Kanu and Igors Stepanovs. What is quite amazing about Arsene Wenger is his foresight in the transfer market. Players like Emmanuel Petit, Marc Overmars and Nicholas Anelka, who were pivotal in the Double Winning campaign of 1997/98, were later sold off for huge profits. Wenger seems to be able to bring out the best in so many players and thus significantly improve their market value. Again the start of the 2001/02 campaign saw Wenger introducing even more players to the Arsenal roster. These included Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Francis Jeffers, Richard Wright and Junichi Inamoto. However the most amazing of these new signings had to be that of Sol Campbell who made the move from arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, on a free transfer. Wenger’s style and approach have won him many plaudits from sport personalities the world over and these include players. Gone are those days when Arsenal was sometimes referred to as playing a very boring style of football. Gone are those days when the fans used to chant “Boring Boring Arsenal” or “1-0 to the Arsenal”. Wenger has introduced his own style of attacking football that is a joy to watch. No doubt more goals have been conceded but that is more than made up in goals scored. He has created a squad with great depth and this was strenuously put to the test during this current campaign. Arsenal came through that with flying colours and today are 5 points clear at the top of the Premiership table with only two games to be played. The next premiership game is against Manchester U
nited at Old Trafford and just a draw will be enough to secure Arsenal with the championship. This Saturday May 11, 2002, will see Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Arsene Wenger has made Arsenal into a formidable team that is well respected not only in Britain but also worldwide. Some improvements have still to be made in away matches played in Europe. This is surprising considering Arsenal’s unbeaten away record in the Premiership so far this season. After finishing runners up in the Premiership to Manchester United in the last three seasons, Arsenal has now significantly closed the gap. Infact I am confident that there is now no gap whatsoever and in the seasons to come the race for the title will be just as exciting and close as this current one. As an Arsenal supporter from the age of five, that’s 32 years now, I think that the club owe all their success to Arsene Wenger. Not only has be built a formidable team but he had also laid the framework for future generations with his insistence and personal attention to the youth policy. He has also filled the coffers with his shrewd acumen in the transfer market, which has given him immense respect at the board level. I expect to see much more success for Arsenal in the future and with Arsene Wenger at the helm.
Wenger is a very intelligent manager. He certainly seems a good tactically, but I am unsure over his coaching ability. Still, he has brought Arsenal quite a long way since he took over. Most of his signings have been very useful, especially that of Henry, who is, i think the best striker the Premiership has to offer, just ahead of Ruud van Nistlerooy. I support Man U, and feel that the reason Arsenal are number 2 is because their reserves aren't up to the same standard. Today, United played Everton and Beckham, Giggs, v. Nistlerooy and Silvestre were on the bench, with Solskjaer and Butt not even making the squad and we still won comprehensively 4-1. Arsenal lack this strength in depth and so feel the wrath of injuries much worse. Wenger needs to continue buying squad players like Wright, Inamoto and Jeffers, but should look maybe for inexpensive alternatives. Ferguson has the knack of buying well. Schmeichel became the best keeper in the world after being signed for under half a million. Silvestre, a snip at £4.5m in the modern market. Arsenal's youth system needs improving as few players are making the breakthrough into the senior squad. Wenger has coped well with the resources he had and has stated The Gunners as the number 2 club in the country, though he will have to continue improving them if they are to stay ahead of the youthful and largely English Leeds and Liverpool and the largely foreign Chelsea. Arsenal are more than capable of catching United and challenging for the title and can hold their own in Europe. Wenger's future is undecided yet as at the time of writing he hasn't signed a new deal to follow on from his current contract. This may show there is doubt in his mind over whether to stay or not. No major trophies in the last 5 years or so speaks volumes compared to the exploits of United and Liverpool both domestically and over the continent. Both have a youthful
setup with a crop of English talent. Liverpool players scored the 7 England goals over the week with the majority being provided by United's lot. With the Arsenal defence aging and mostly gone, with Seaman soon to follow, only Ashley Cole is holding down a regular spot in the team, which i don't agree with. A club as huge as Arsenal with an inspirational manager should contribute more to the national side, but they have too many 'nearly' players like Ray Parlour, Jeffers, Richard Wright (who actually could replace Seaman) and Martin Keown. On a different note, Wenger seems to make himself as hard to like as possible. Referring to the title, i wonder whether Wenger has better things to do on Saturday's, Sunday's, whenever, than watch the game. Has he ever seen any incident anywhere on the pitch? This constant excuse when asked about key incidents annoys me. Viera could break someone's leg infront of him and he would still churn out the same line. Today, against Aston Villa, he missed an incident in front of his eyes because he was "too close" to it. Yet he was infuriated about a penalty decision given against Keown and accused Zola of diving. In a word, that is shocking. Still, Wenger usually gets the team performing very well and keep Arsenal in a healthy position. Success must come soon though for Wenger, you feel, as nobody remembers the team finishing second. He is a top manager and in the future could possibly take over the role of French manger. I admire his managerial skills, but he is a bit of a whinging get!
I think that Arsene Wenger has to be the best manger Arsenal has ever seen. I am saying this because he has achieved so much since joining us. In his second season hin won us the double which was a great achievement concidering man utd were at there peak. He has also lifted Arsenal to the next levl because he has brought in great talents such as Henry, Viera and pires who proberly would of not joined us under the guidance of Bruce Rioch. He has also filtered through some of the great talent we have got in the youths one namely being Ashley cole getting his first England cap at the age of 21. I think he will achieve so much more if he is given the right resources to do so and i hope in the future he can bring in better players so we can get to the level of man utd and i think he can do this because he always seems to have good relatioships with players which is a good thing and he also motivates them well.
Arsene Wenger has been with Arsenal for a few years now and he is probably the only manager who has consistently troubled Manchester Uniteds domination of the Premier League. Arsene is very good at finding good players. Some of the best include Henry, Anelka, Viera and Petit. He is also very good at selling players as well. He got particularly good returns on Anelka and Petit. He is a good motivated and the players seem to respect him. He is also respected by other managers and recently he was linked to the England international team. Wenger's only weakness is that he sometimes says silly things and has public arguements with managers (especially Alex Ferguson!). This is something which he really doesn't need to do. Overall Arsene is an excellent manager and it is good to have him in our league. Its is only a matter of time before he wins the championship.
What happened on Saturday? I'll tell you, once again Arsenal threw away a two goal lead, once again they missed out on the chance catch up Man U, once again we are looking at second place, should we think ourselves lucky? No I don't think so. What shambles, Kanu, Pires & Henry, they had so many chances, but chose glory instead of just putting it away, luckly we had Veira & Dixon on the field otherwise we would had lost 0-2. Its no wonder that Sunderland managed to score as our defence must have been totally exhausted, having to support the prima donas up front. As I have mentioned before its no good scoring three goals in 5-0 or 6-1 match, when you can't score the winner in a match like Saturday's. We need performance not showboating, we all feel good when the team is winning by massive margins, but what happened to 1-0 Arsenal, that's what we need. Its about time the French frontline were sold off and the money used for more all rounder type players who can perform day in, day out, and in any position, give us half a dozen Viera's and we will be back.
Arsene Wenger is one of the most respected coaches in world football. So why then does he constantly feel the need to come out with his regular outbursts, which say a great deal more about himself than his intended targets. You can call it psychology, mind-games, whatever. I just call it petty and annoying. As a fan of Manchester United, you might expect that I wouldn't be Wenger's biggest admirer. I can appreciate how well he has done in English football, winning the Double a couple of seasons ago, but I am sick of the comments he comes out with regarding other teams in the Premiership. His particular blindspot is obviously for United. Witness his recent comments about how Tony Adams is a better English captain than Beckham, how teams lay down for the Reds while playing at the top of their game against Arsenal, and how Van Nistelrooy was a waste of money. Just some of the comments Wenger has come out with in the past. For someone who spent £13m on Sylvain Wiltord, on whom the jury is still out, to criticise any other club's spending is hypocritical. More recently he has accused Leeds of being mad for spending £18m on Rio Ferdinand. Why can't he just keep his mouth shut? When it comes to his own team however, Wenger can never see anything wrong. Time after time he has been "unable to see" controversial incidents involving his players. The disciplinary record of his players in previous seasons has been little short of appalling, and maybe he should spend his time putting his house in order before criticising others. With Arsenal currently going through a rough patch, he should get back to what he does best, managing, and leave the slanging match to the latest boy-bands.
In recent years the top flight of English football has been evened out in regards to money and talent held by the top clubs. Yet only team has denied Manchester United and Alex Ferguson the league title, that being Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger. In the mid 90s both Liverpool and Newcastle had opportunities to show they were the equal of Manchester United. Yet Alex Ferguson succeeded in the mental battle, showing that Roy Evans and his Liverpool side that they could be rattled. In the run-in of the 1995/96 season Newcastle's Kevin Keegan blew up in spectacular fashion to comments Ferguson had made. He could not help himself from rising to the bait. So why were Arsenal successful where Liverpool and Newcastle failed? Throughout the season that Arsenal won the league and cup double (1997/98) Wenger never engaged in a mental battle with Ferguson. He always stated that Arsenal were the underdogs, taking the pressure off his players, and also succeeded in getting a crucial victory at Old Trafford on the Championship run-in. Even though Arsenal have not won a trophy since then Wenger has been a total success as a manager. Arsenal are always in contention when it comes to handing out domestic trophies, and are now becoming a force in the UEFA Champions League. He handles the press well and has Arsenal playing with flair. Rarely are they "Boring Arsenal" anymore. Also the sales of players do not bother him. Due to player unrest in recent years Anelka, Overmars and Petit have all forced Arsenal to sell them, and yet it seems that it has not knocked Wenger off stride at all. He simply takes the sizeable amount of money, brings in new players for a snip of the money received and then puts a team on the pitch who are capable of beating anyone, and with some style too. There are occasional flaws in his character, along with the odd touchline ban. However you can see why he was shortlisted by the F.A. for the Eng
land job. However I think anyone will be hard pressed to take him away from Highbury before his contract runs out, at which point Arsenal would be sensible to offer the clever Frenchman whatever he wants to entice him to extend his stay in North London.
Arsen Wenger has proved himself to be a great manager, not jsut with the results at his time in charge of Arsenal, but also with his scouting and ability to pick talented players out. He proved this with Nic Anelka and Manu Petit, picking both out of the French leauge for nothing, playing well for Arsenal and winning things there and then selling them on to make a profit. Unfortunatly these skills are not needed by managers today.With the money involved with the game now you don't need this skill where money can buy you success. Unfortunatly good managers like Aresene are a dieing breed. What a pity.
Arsene Wenger has an extremely good eye for talent, he brought in players like Vieira, Anelka and Petit who were relatively unheard of and turned them into top class international stars. He always seems to grab players at a low price and turn them into big stars. just look at the profit he made in the buying and selling of Overmars and Petit. Not only good at buying the right players, Arsene is good at making the team work well together. He can give them confidence to win matches that under other managers they wouldn't have won. In his first full season Wenger won the double, or the triple if you include the charity shield. And when he was at Monaco he turned them from an average side into league winners. Wenger in my mind is without a shadow of a doubt the best manager there has ever been, he spots great potential in players and he motivates his team well. I just hope he stays at Arsenal for a long time.
Arsene Wenger - he got the Arsenal job about 3 and a half years ago I believe and in this time he's managed to guide Arsenal to the Premier League Champions status - 1 of only 3 clubs to have ever achieved this. In my view the man is a very clever tactitioner. He is a shrewd manager and manages to keep himself out of the media spotlight - especially when he signs such superstar players like Thierry Henry and Wiltord - had, for instance, Alex Ferguson bought such players it would make the front pages for sure. In name he is very similar to Arsenal - just 2 letters out, but in reality he doesn't seem to be overly interested in the club's history - this is a good thiing - as he knows that the way to success is forward - already the Arsenal team has made it to a Uefa Cup Final, and as I have stated previously - he managed to bring Championship success AND the FA Cup glory back to Highbury making it for the double. I don't know whether he is right about bringing all the French players to the club - it seems as though the entire team is half French half english - but at least he knows who are the best players - and still has the confidence in the 'not getting any younger' defence - as it happens Keown and Adams are really the only 2 of the trusty 4 that still have regular first team places - they've been joined by Silvinho and I think Dixon is still plays sometimes. A great Club and a great Manager - I think Arsenal have found a brilliant manager - who will honour his contract to the day. If only he didn't look so gloomy all the time! But, he is the only manager in my view that will challenge Fergie and his Red Devils this season.
If Arseh**e Whinger has brought nothign else to the English game, and other than half of France he hasn't, it is the excuse culture, for Whinger, and his entire team are completely blameless. Now, as the manager, you would expect Arse to be watching at least some of the game. Apparently not. No matter how many players Arse has dimissed each week, he periodically fails to notice this. And. of more importance, he fails to do anythgin about it. It isn;t Viera's fault that he e;bows and two-footed tackles his way around the pitch, its the fault of one spectator who, Partick thoguht, had a dislike of French people, causing him to lose his temper, and get sent off. The biggest change under Whinger has been the chage of the "boring boring Arsenal chant" to the ", dirty dirty Arsenal chant". Despite the sale of Petit, and Nigel Winterburn (who is the undisputed king of invloving himself in someone elses argument ... West Ham fans should prepare themsleves for Nigel's rapid departure on match days, as instinct tells him that somewehre, somebody is having and argument and he isn't yet part of it) leaving the Arse, the thugs form North London are as dirty as ever. But all credit to Whinger, it takes a special team who can spit, elbow, head but and foul with such grace. Prepare for a new ctalogue of 2000/2001 excuses. Since no longer playing champions league games at Wembley, the 'wide pitch' or 'motivation to the away team' excuses are confined to hisotry. What new excuses will be used to explain away Arsenal's ineptness in Europe. Possibly, the fact that Champions League games kick off 15 minutes earlier than mid-week Premier league games, and thus catching Whingers men totally unprepared, or mybe somethign more imaginative, one can only wait in anticipation
What a brilliant manager Arsene Wenger is, he has an excellent footballing brain, and news that he could be extending his contract with Arsenal is brilliant. It is well publisced that Japan want him, but what a tremendous asset he would be if he stayed. He always sticks up for his players, which is a sign of a good manager, he has never blamed the likes of Veriera for getting sent-off, and most of the time he is very honest in his match analysis. When, he came to Highbury, there was alot to do, the era of George Graham had gone, and Bruce Rioch, Stuart Houston all followed Graham out. The first thing Wenger did was sign quality, but he didn't break the bank, he signed Petit for less than two million, and bought Overmars for a little more. He got three good years out of them and then sold the pair fot thirty million, what good business! A excellent manager in my eyes.
Eminent manager of the Gunners - cool or fool. Let us know. Arsène Wenger OBE (born October 22, 1949 in Strasbourg) is a French football manager. He is currently the manager of Arsenal, He is the club's most successful manager in terms of trophies and the club's longest-serving manager in terms of matches played (over 600 as of March 2007).