Arsène Wenger has revealed his abiding memories from his very first game in charge of Arsenal on October 12, 1996.
The Gunners eased to a comfortable 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, with both goals coming from Ian Wright.
But Wenger, who had banned chocolate and sweets from the dressing room after taking over, will never forget one particular moment on the coach home.
At the first match the players were chanting “we want our Mars bars!” so there were some fun thingsArsène Wenger
“There were some amusing details,” he said. “I changed a few habits [of the players], which isn't easy in a team where the average age is 30 years.
“At the first match the players were chanting “we want our Mars bars!” so there were some fun things.
“At half time in the first game I asked my physio, Gary Lewin, “Nobody is talking, what's wrong with them?” and he replied: “They're hungry.” I hadn't given them their chocolate before the game. It was funny!”
Wenger had been greeted by headlines of ‘Arsène Who?’ upon his arrival in England, and he said it immediately brought the challenge home to him.
“People were asking who I was. I was a complete unknown,” he said. “And there was no history of a foreign manager succeeding in England. So I was in a situation where no one knew me and history was against me.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 21 Mar 2014