Sunday 1 October marked Arsene Wenger’s 21st anniversary as Arsenal manager.
Wenger has now been the Gunners’ boss for 21 years and insists that the biggest lesson he’s learned while in north London is humility.
Granted, I imagine there’s going to be a fair portion of fans who disagree with this statement but you have to admit that the bloke is the last person to toot his own trumpet, especially over the last decade. He’s taken the brunt of fan unrest despite the board having the final say when it comes to most club decisions and, when he does well, he doesn’t brag. He’s gracious in victory as well as in defeat… most of the time anyway.
The thing is, you could probably forgive him for being a little big-headed. The 2-0 Brighton victory marked his 461st Premier League win, as well as Arsenal’s 1,497th and 1,498th goals under him.
The 67-year-old has only suffered 142 league defeats over his 21 years with the Gunners and has won Manager of the Month 15 times.
The win over the Seagulls also meant that Wenger broke Sir Alex Ferguson’s record for Premier League teams beaten. Until Sunday, the boss had won against 44 top-flight teams – the same amount as Fergie. He’s now beaten 45.