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The Wenger Years

Story Highlights
  • Arsène Wenger transformative era at Arsenal
  • Premier League and FA Cup victories under Wenger
  • Arsène Wenger's innovative training and dietary regimes
  • Ian Wright and Thierry Henry's record-breaking goals
  • Arsenal's journey to the Champions League Final
  • Construction and impact of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Arrival and Initial Success (1996-1998)

  • Arsène Wenger arrived at Arsenal in October 1996, becoming the club’s first manager outside the UK.
  • In his first season (1997/98), Arsenal won the Premier League and the FA Cup, achieving the Double.

Revolutionizing the Club (1996 onwards)

  • Wenger implemented cutting-edge training regimes and dietary systems, changing the lifestyle of players off the pitch.
  • Wenger was meticulous in building the squad, signing critical players like Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, and Marc Overmars, who contributed to the club’s success along with existing players such as David Seaman, Tony Adams, and Dennis Bergkamp.

Ian Wright and Thierry Henry’s Record-Breaking Goals (1997, 2005)

  • Ian Wright broke Cliff Bastin’s all-time goalscoring record by scoring his 179th goal in 1997.
  • Thierry Henry, signed in 1999, later broke Wright’s record in 2005.

Further Success and Near Misses (1999-2005)

  • Arsenal was denied the Premier League title by one point in 1999.
  • Despite early struggles, Henry scored 26 goals in his first season.
  • In 2001/02, Arsenal won the Premier League and the FA Cup, another Double.
  • Arsenal won the FA Cup again in 2002/03 but failed to retain the Premier League title.
  • The club achieved an unbeaten title campaign in 2003/04, known as ‘The Invincibles’ season.

Champions League and New Stadium (2004-2006)

  • Arsenal reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2004, their best performance in the competition until that time.
  • In 2006, the team reached the Champions League Final.
  • Another FA Cup win was secured in 2005.
  • Construction on the new Emirates Stadium began in 2004, and the stadium officially opened in the summer of 2006.

During Wenger’s tenure, Arsenal solidified its position as one of the most respected clubs in Europe, both for their on-field performances and off-field advancements such as player welfare and stadium infrastructure.

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