Arsene Wenger, OBE has been the manager of Arsenal since 1996, where he has since become the club’s longest-serving manager and most successful in terms of major titles won.
He has been given credit for his contribution to the revolutionising of football in England in the late 1990s through the introduction of changes in the training and diet of players.
The ‘Wenger’ way
His approach to the game emphasises an attacking mentality, with the aim that football ought to be entertaining on the pitch.
“I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art.”
He has earned a reputation for spotting young talent, and he has remained focused on developing a youth system.
“At a young age winning is not the most important thing. The important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.”
Big break into Management
His big break came when he was appointed manager of AS Monaco where they won the league championship in 1988. But failure to win the league title in later seasons led to him leaving the club by mutual consent in 1994.
After a brief spell coaching in the Japanese J. League he moved to London and became the manager of Arsenal.
Within his 1st two years he completed a league and FA Cup double.
This lead to another league and cup double in 2002 and retained the FA Cup a year later.
In 2004 Wenger managed Arsenal to a league season undefeated.
The club made their first appearance in a Champions League final in 2006, though they lost to Barcelona. After a period of nine years without a trophy, which coincided with the club relocating to the Emirates Stadium, Wenger guided Arsenal to further FA Cup success in 2014 and 2015.
The nickname ‘Le Professeur’ and it is used by fans and the British media to reflect Wenger’s studious demeanour.
“I think in the future we need to look at our youth department to provide more players for the first team think it is important for a club to have a good amount of players that have roots with the club and region.”