So the Arsenal manager has had a tough week. Love him or loathe him, the Frenchman has delivered some great moments to North London and the Premier League. Here are three to help you remember when Arsene Wenger was a demigod in English football…
The day he signed Sol Campbell from Spurs
Probably one of the greatest ever Premier League signings. At 12pm on 3 July, journalists were called to an announcement at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground. The ITKs thought it was because Ian Wright was on his way out, but no. Arsene and David Dein announced that Arsenal had secured the signing of Sol Campbell on a free transfer from Tottenham. He ended up winning five major trophies (two Premier Leagues and three FA Cups) with Arsenal. What a signing.
Winning the double in his first full season
What a breath of fresh air. Arsene came into Arsenal and in his first full season blended the spirit and solidity of a cast-iron back five (Winterburn, Dixon, Adams, Keown and Seaman) with some quality signings. In centre midfield Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira dominated, while Marc Overmars added the devastating pace of which Arsenal hadn’t seen for years.
When he battered Inter Milan at the San Siro
Probably the greatest Champions League win in Arsenal’s history. It was away to Inter Milan at the San Siro. Having been beaten at home 3-0, Arsenal went to the San Siro needing a hefty win. They had a makeshift line-up, with Pascal Cygan at the back, and Ray Parlour and Edu running the show in midfield. But it didn’t matter. A Thierry Henry masterclass helped Arsene pull off one of Arsenal’s greatest Champions League victories.
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