There is no doubt that Arsène Wenger is the most successful and best coach in Arsenal’s history and the most accomplished Football coach around today but is it time for him to say goodbye to the club he’s been at for 21 years?
Wenger’s 1200 matches, nearly 700 wins and 21 years as the team’s leader far surpasses any of the accomplishments of any coach in the game today and nearly every other coach in the history of the game.
The 68-year-old is considered the main reason Arsenal became a top competitor in the Premier League. Throughout the last several years, his teams have also created profit for online sports betting fans at sites like betolimp.com.
One of his many accomplishments includes guiding Arsenal to their first Premier League title in the 1997/98 season. He repeated the feat once again in the 2001/02 season before making history in 2003/04, as his side went unbeaten throughout the entire league campaign on the way to sealing a third Premier League crown. That year Arsenal were named ‘the Invincibles’ and amassed an impressive 90 points after 38 matches.
The Frenchman has won seven FA Cups with the Gunners – the most of any manager – and was voted Manager of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2004.
Wenger is a proud and unassuming man who believes hard work and commitment is necessary to complete any goal. The work must however be done on and off the pitch. He has been credited with promoting the importance of diet and nutrition in football and advocating the principle that the sport ought to be entertaining on the pitch. He is also credited with being one of the architects of today’s elegant style of play, which replaced the often brutal and grinding game that dominated when he came into the league. He continues to exude grace and a love for the game that precedes him.
Many current managers have imitated his style of coaching and several credit him with providing a great blueprint for their success. There is no denying his standing in the Football community.
However Arsenal have had several underperforming seasons and the last two have had some fans calling for Wenger to step aside and let a younger man lead the club. At 68, and with 21 years on the sidelines, Wenger remains committed to coach.
“I will not retire,” he replied when asked about filling the void left if he were to do so. “Retiring is for young people. For old people retirement is dying. I still watch every football game. I find it interesting.”
There is speculation that if Arsenal does make a change perhaps bringing in former Arsenal player 35-year-old Mikel Arteta, who is currently an assistant coach under Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, is on the cards. Many believe the club needs a young man to inject more energy into Arsenal.
One thing that’s clear is that Wenger still wants to be involved in an active role with a club. This might mean moving upstairs at Arsenal or even coaching a different club should he be removed from his current potion. But the reality is that it will be extremely hard to replace Wenger.