A history lesson for moaning Arsenal fans
Then came Wenger, anyone heard of him? Not at the time. I would suggest that 90% of Arsenal fans knew nothing about him. But have we looked back since? I remember it well. He came in as we lost to Borussia Munchengladbach. He could see we were lacking flair and ingenuity. He solved this by making several signings in his first pre-season. Petit, Grimandi, Garde amongst others. Anyone heard of them? I would suggest that 99% of Arsenal fans knew nothing about any of them. He changed the way we played and the way we were presented to the now global audience the premier league attracted. He won the double. He turned a once sleeping giant into a European force. He changed the way all premier league clubs trained, fed and treated their players. He won the double again. He built a team that went the whole season unbeaten in the league. A whole season unbeaten!!
He was mocked the season before ‘the invincibles’ for saying we could go a season unbeaten. Remember that? The press was on his back, the mocking t-shirts, the general ribbing by other fans. AS IF Arsenal could go a season unbeaten. Then we did it. One of my favourite memories after the 03/04 season was Wenger holding said T-shirt (based on comical Ali, the Iraqi press officer during the Iraq war) aloft with the biggest of grins on his face. He then won us a cup final we had no right to win. The biggest stitch up in FA Cup final history. Wenger knew that wengerball wasn’t going to win that final, so he pulled a swift one by reverting to the GG style of play and Fergie had no answer on the day.
He then got us to the final of the champions league. The FINAL! When had we even got close to the final of the champions league before? Never, is the simple answer. Mad Jens did a nutty one and then we were left playing with 10 men for 70 minutes. We still almost won. Had Henry smashed it home when clean through at 1-0 up we would have. Can’t blame Titi, he was knackered like the rest of the team, having run his socks off for the last hour a man down.
He built a new stadium. He built a new stadium costing 400 million quid whilst keeping us in the upper echelons of European football.
He keeps finding players, some 10, 20 million pounds cheaper than the ManUre’s or the Chelski’s and now Citeh will spend on a player of similar ability.
We have a treadmill of fantastic youngsters constantly coming through, holding their own. You think Jack Wilshire’s good? He’s the first. The first player to come through the ranks entirely under Wengers reign.