Arsène Wenger

Staff Profile

October 22nd, 1949, Strasbourg, France
Previous clubs as player
Mutzig, Mulhouse, Strasbourg
Clubs as manager/coach
Strasbourg (youth), Cannes (assistant), Nancy, AS Monaco, Grampus Eight Nagoya
Joined Arsenal
October 1, 1996
First match as manager
Blackburn Rovers (a), Premier League, October 12, 1996, Won 2-0
Honours (Monaco)
French League championship 1988, French Cup winners 1991, French 'Manager of the Year' 1988
Honours (Grampus EIght)
Japan's 'Manager of the Year' 1995, Emperor's Cup winner 1996, Japanese Super Cup winner 1996
Honours (Arsenal)
League championship 1998, 2002, 2004, FA Cup winners 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017 Voted 'Manager of the Year' 1998, 2002, 2004

Arsène continues to set records as the club’s longest-serving manager - this is his 20th season of a hugely-successful era at the helm.

The Frenchman took the reins on October 1, 1996, and since then has presided over more victories, posted a higher win ratio and brought home more trophies than any of his predecessors.

Last season, he became the most successful manager in FA Cup history as he lifted the trophy for the seventh time.

His first silverware with the club came in the form of a domestic ‘double’ in 1997/98, a feat matched in 2001/02. Memorably, he then guided the team to a remarkable unbeaten league title - the only one achieved in the modern era - in 2003/04. On top of this, there have been five more FA Cup wins during his reign and a Champions League final appearance in 2006.

Renowned as a true footballing innovator both stylistically and behind the scenes - to the latter end, he played a big part in the conception and design of Emirates Stadium and the Training Ground - Arsène has stamped his own brand of attacking football on the club, one that is now acknowledged worldwide as being synonymous with the Gunners’ name.

He is also well known for his development of young players, and his commitment towards preparing them for football careers in the best way possible.

An economics graduate from Strasbourg University, multilingual Arsène has also received an honorary DSc from the University of Hertfordshire - as well as the French Legion D’Honneur, an honorary OBE in this country and the Freedom of the Borough of Islington.

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