Arsene Wenger’s Legacy As Arsenal Manager

Ngebray.com,- Will history vindicate Arsene Wenger? In the extraordinary first decade of his tenure, that goes without saying. His achievements stand comparison with any in the history of English football. Three Premier League titles, two league and FA Cup doubles, an invincible league season, and the club’s first appearance in the European Cup final. It was stunning but he was to become a victim almost of his own success.

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Expectations naturally rose and the second half of his tenure has sometimes been characterized as a failure. And although targets of winning either the Premier League and the Champions League went unfulfilled, it is simplistic to deny other genuine achievements amid a changing football landscape.

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Arsenal moved stadium and their spending was restricted by that investment. At the same time Chelsea and Manchester City changed the game completely with the arrival of billionaire investors. Wenger could not keep Arsenal at the very top but with what was the fourth biggest Premier League budget, they were never far behind. And they did stay inside the Premier League’s top four 21 seasons in a row. They added three more FA cups for Wenger to set an all-time managerial record last may of seven wins in the competition.

The style of Arsenal’s football rarely wavered. This season has certainly been the biggest dip but I think history will ultimately look rather more kindly even on the final years of Wenger’s reign.