Arsene Wenger: Pride of Arsenal
As we all know, anytime Arsenal have bad days in football or whenever the team fail to meet fans' expectations, Arsene Wenger is always made the scapegoat. He is held responsible for the team's poor performance, which threatens his position as the club's head coach. But I don't agree with that due to the positive effects Wenger has had on Arsenal.
After being appointed as Arsenal manager in 1996, Wenger made his debut with a 2-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers. He later guided Arsenal to her first ever Premier League title in the 1997/98 season and repeated that again in 2001/02.
One of the most important records in Arsenal's history was created by Wenger in the 2003/04 season when his side went unbeaten throughout a whole league campaign to secure the Premier League title for the third time under the Frenchman's reign.
Out of 790 Premier League matches as Arsenal manager, Wenger has won 457 games, drawing 193 and losing 140. He has a win percentage of 57.8% and a goal difference of 731.
Another interesting achievement for Wenger at Arsenal is the FA Cup record. Wenger has guided the Gunners to seven FA Cup trophies (1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017). That's the most won by any manager in history. In the FA Cup, Wenger has coached 107 matches for the north London side, winning 73 games, drawing 21 and losing 13 matches. He has a win percentage of 68.2%, one of the highest in FA Cup history.
An asset of a good football manager is the ability to discover young talented players and nurture them into superstars. Arsene Wenger has been a very good example of this.
Cesc Fabregas was signed by Wenger in summer 2003 from Barcelona at the age of 16. Fabregas became very famous after Wenger chose him to replace the injured Gilberto Silva in Arsenal's first league match of the 2004/05 season against Everton. Everything about Fabregas was amazing: his style of play, his form, his accurate passing ability and the way he created chances. It was all awesome to the extent that Wenger changed his team's style of play to run the game through Fabregas.
Fabregas gradually started to improve his goal-scoring ability. He became very decisive in front of goal, making him a real top class footballer, one of the greatest midfielders of his day. He was also a very important asset in Spain's squad that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. His talent wasn't wasted thanks to Wenger nurturing him into a top-class footballer.
Fabregas isn't the only player discovered by Wenger. There are others: Jack Wilshere, Robin Van Persie, Patrick Viera and the best player in Arsenal's history, Thierry Henry. So many wonderful talents have been discovered, developed and produced by this intelligent man called Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman became the Premier League's longest-serving manager when Sir Alex Fergurson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season. Wenger has also been voted the manager of the year three times (1998, 2002 and 2004).
If we are to mention the best thingS Arsenal have done over the years, it was appointing Arsene Wenger. Thanks to him, if we are now to name the top teams in England, Arsenal must be included. Wenger shouldn't be made the scapegoat whenever things aren't going well at the Emirates. This is football, you can't always win, sometimes you have to feel the pain of defeat and learn from that. That's the spirit of football.
So, Arsene Wenger should not be an object of ridicule. He should be shown utmost respect, as he is not an ordinary man, he is the “Pride of Arsenal".