By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will reach another milestone this evening when he takes charge of his 200th game in European competitions.
The Frenchman's double century includes his time as Monaco manager but it does NOT include his first appearance on the Arsenal bench.
Wenger's first official game at the Gunners helm was on October 12, 1996 when an Ian Wright brace saw off Blackburn at Ewood Park. But he also was in Germany 17 days earlier for a UEFA Cup tie against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Arsenal's 3-2 defeat does not appear on Wenger's record but, ahead of his 200th European fixture, he admitted he was not a bystander that night.
"I was not in charge [against Monchengladbach]," confirmed Wenger.
"To my defence I was not in charge but to my guilt I intervened at half-time!"Copyright 2013 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 6 Dec 2011