See video: Arsene Wenger statue unveiled at the Emirates & numerous stats you don’t know under the Prof.

Arsenal have unveiled an Arsene Wenger statue outside The Emirates.

Over the course of 21 years and seven months as our manager, Arsène Wenger established himself as a true Arsenal icon.

ARSENE Wenger was able to achieve all of the honors below despite the limited fund.

22 years
49 undefeated
7 FA Cups
3 Premier Leagues
1 Arsène Wenger

Stats from the Wenger era you may not have known – and some you definitely will

No fewer than 117 players scored for us during Arsène’s tenure – Thierry Henry was top of the list, netting 228 times, with Robin van Persie (132) and Theo Walcott (108) completing the top three.

Eddie Nketiah became the first player born after Arsène became our manager to score for the first team, when netting the first of two goals in a 2-1 League Cup win over Norwich City in October 2017.

Arsène handed Arsenal debuts to 200 players during his time as manager. The final debutant was Konstantinos Mavropanos, against Manchester United in April 2018.

Everton were the team we beat most during the Wenger era (32 victories) – in front of Newcastle (29 victories) and West Ham (28 victories). In total, Arsène managed us against 125 different opponents.

Nicolas Anelka became the first player to sign for us after Arsène’s arrival, moving from PSG in 1997. Our final incoming transfer under Arsène was also a forward – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining from Dortmund in January 2018.

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We finished in the top four in 20 consecutive seasons under Arsène. We had never previously recorded 20 straight top-half finishes.

Every Gunner of a certain age will remember *that* Dennis Bergkamp masterclass at Leicester City in August 1997. It was the first of 46 hat-tricks we scored in the Wenger era – Aaron Ramsey netted the final one, against Everton in February 2018.

Noted for his attacking style of play, it’s perhaps no surprise that Arsène oversaw us becoming the first team to score in every Premier League match throughout an entire season during our title-winning 2001/02 campaign.

Giving young players a chance was a key feature of the Arsenal way under Arsène. He handed first-team debuts to 83 youngsters who had come through our academy.

English football was revolutionised by Arsène in many ways. In 1998, he became the first non-British manager in history to win the top division – the first of his three Premier League titles. He also led us to seven FA Cups, the most of any coach in the competition’s history.

Robert Pires scored twice, with Thierry Henry also on target, as Arsène’s Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-1 in October 2004. The victory saw us extend our unbeaten top-flight run to 49 matches – a record that still stands to this day.

ARSENE WENGER was great for Arsenal.


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