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Arsene Wenger: Charting the Highs and Lows

Updated on October 2, 2015

By kalkilby, Contributor for Soccerjury

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Arsene Wenger enters his 20th year at Arsenal this month following his appointment back in October 1st, 1996, when he succeeded Bruce Rioch.

The Frenchman is the club's longest serving manager in the Gunners history, and is second only to Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of longevity in the Premier League era. This is a remarkable feat considering the fickle nature and short-term demands of both Premier League chairmen and fans.

We chart the highs and lows of Arsene's Wenger reign including the glorious feats achieved by "The Invicibles" to the frustration of his barren trophyless years.

A superb start to his Gunners career was followed by an alarming dip which coincided with the move to The Emirates. Things have picked up in recent seasons, but does this mean Wenger is on his way back or is the recovery simply a "dead cat bounce"?Arsene Wenger - the highs and lows (Soccerjury)

The Frenchman is often credited for revolutionising the beautiful game in England by step-changing both players training methods and diet. He popularised the much acclaimed "continental" passing game in England, which has now replaced the outdated "kick and rush" philosophy as the tactic of choice.

He is also renowned for nurturing young startlets including Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas, and Ashley Cole. And then there is of course Henry and Patrick Vieira who he moulded into true legends of the game. This fan-video highlights Wenger's Top 10 greatest transfers, which highlights his prowess at finding talent in the transfer market.

Arsenal Wenger's greatest Arsenal transfers  (Youtube)

All Premier League fans are aware that Wenger's time at the Arsenal is a tale of two halves.

His first decade included a sterling haul of three Premier League titles and four FA cups, but he has yielded just two FA Cup wins since. This is a relatively poor return for this iconic manager.

However, with the financial constraints from the Highbury to Emirates move now gone, will Wenger scale the heights he once reached during his glory years?

Only time will tell!

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Marjan Atanasov

As an Arsenal fan, i think this should be Arsene's last season at Arsenal smile He has done too much for the club, but has failed to keep up with other big european clubs and should be replaced with someone who will spend some money on good players. Arsenal straight face

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Kal Kilby

Surprised this article has done so well in such a short space of time. Thanks to everyone.

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Robbie Ackerman

wow...2k in just 12 hours. Congrats Kal.

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Mark Lawes

Wenger's reputation now would be higher if he had left after 10 years.

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Robbie Ackerman

The chart is similar to Theo Walcott's career.

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Kal Kilby

Hope everyone likes the graph that I did. And hopefully not too far off to get in trouble!

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Mark Lawes

The graph had an error in the original version, but I see its now corrected.

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Kal Kilby

Got the 20 year and 20th year wrong : / I resubmitted to Soccerjury and the correction can now be seen.

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Mark Lawes

Great manager. If it wasn't the constraints of the Emirates move he would have won more trophies.

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Mark Lawes

Great manager. If it wasn't the constraints of the Emirates move he would have won more trophies.

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Marjan Atanasov

As an Arsenal fan, i think this should be Arsene's last season at Arsenal smile He has done too much for the club, but has failed to keep up with other big european clubs and should be replaced with someone who will spend some money on good players. Arsenal straight face

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Robbie Ackerman

wow...2k in just 12 hours. Congrats Kal.

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Mark Lawes

Wenger's reputation now would be higher if he had left after 10 years.

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Kal Kilby

Hope everyone likes the graph that I did. And hopefully not too far off to get in trouble!

September 30 at 9:42pm Reply | Flag

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Mark Lawes

The graph had an error in the original version, but I see its now corrected.

October 1 at 11:16am Reply | Flag

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Kal Kilby

Got the 20 year and 20th year wrong : / I resubmitted to Soccerjury and the correction can now be seen.

October 1 at 12:57pm Reply | Flag

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Robbie Ackerman

The chart is similar to Theo Walcott's career.

September 30 at 10:22pm Reply | Flag

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Mark Lawes

Wenger's reputation now would be higher if he had left after 10 years.

October 1 at 11:15am Reply | Flag

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Kal Kilby

Hope everyone likes the graph that I did. And hopefully not too far off to get in trouble!

September 30 at 9:42pm Reply | Flag

Click to rate: 1 Vote Up Vote Down 1

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Mark Lawes

The graph had an error in the original version, but I see its now corrected.

October 1 at 11:16am Reply | Flag

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Kal Kilby

Got the 20 year and 20th year wrong : / I resubmitted to Soccerjury and the correction can now be seen.

October 1 at 12:57pm Reply | Flag

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