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Wenger is appointed as Arsenal boss

Story Highlights
  • Arsène Wenger's innovative management at Arsenal
  • Achievements under Wenger's leadership at Arsenal
  • Arsenal's unbeaten season in 2003/04
  • Wenger's role in building the Emirates Stadium
  • Development of world-class stars under Wenger
  • Wenger's legacy as one of Arsenal's greatest managers

Arrival and Introduction (1996)

  • Wenger arrived at Arsenal in October 1996, a relatively unknown figure in English football, moving from Japan to North London.

Transforming Management Style

  • Wenger introduced innovative management practices, favoring nutrition and new training methods over the more traditional, aggressive management styles.
  • He also played an active role in infrastructure projects like building a new training ground and the Emirates Stadium.

Early Success and Continued Achievements (1997-2006)

  • Wenger won the Double (Premier League and FA Cup) in his first season in charge.
  • He clinched the title at Old Trafford and won another Double in 2002.
  • In 2003, Arsenal achieved a second successive FA Cup triumph.
  • Perhaps Wenger’s most outstanding achievement was leading the team to an unbeaten title season in 2003/04, ultimately setting a league record of 49 games without defeat.
  • Another FA Cup win was achieved in 2005, and Wenger led the team to the brink of Champions League glory in 2006.

Player Development and Legacy

  • Wenger is credited for transforming relative unknowns into world-class stars, such as Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Nicolas Anelka, Fredrik Ljungberg, and Cesc Fabregas.
  • He is particularly noted for transforming Thierry Henry from a talented winger into a superstar striker.
  • Wenger’s most significant legacy might be the attractive, stylish play he instilled at Arsenal, leading to success both on and off the pitch. Today, he is considered, alongside Herbert Chapman, as one of Arsenal’s most excellent managers.

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