By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes he has only built two teams at Arsenal.
The Frenchman celebrates 12 years in charge on Sunday. His tenure has been scattered with silverware and, just as importantly, it has seen the most stylish football ever played at Highbury or Emirates Stadium.
It has been argued that Wenger has constructed four teams since his arrival – the 'double' sides of 1998 and 2002, the Invincibles of 2004 plus the current side.
The manager himself lays claim to only a pair of them and says he had little influence on the first squad that won trophies under him.
“I feel I have completely created maybe two teams,” he said at Friday’s press conference. “The first one [in 1998] I did not create, I had an exceptional ‘old-guard’ at the back.
“I think I added something to this team and we were successful. But Adams, Bould, Keown, Winterburn, Seaman, Dixon - they were already here. I added the offensive force but Bergkamp was already here when I arrived as well.”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 26 Sep 2008