Fixture milestone for one of football's most influential coaches
At Stamford Bridge against Chelsea this Sunday, March 23, Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger will lead his side out for the 1,000th time, a remarkable achievement in an era where the lifespan of a football manager is increasingly fleeting.
For those associated with the Arsenal, the 17-and-a-half year tenure of the 54-year-old from Strasbourg, France - a stint that makes him the longest serving manager in England still in the game – has been arguably the most memorable in the club’s history. As well as overseeing the club’s move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium and unearthing some of the Premier League’s most famous talents, Wenger has won 572 of his 999 fixtures at a ratio of 57.26, lifted three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, secured qualification for the Champions League on 17 consecutive occasions and orchestrated a record-breaking 49-game unbeaten run.
What’s more, he’s widely credited for revolutionising attitudes to coaching and implementing a progressive, passing, playing style that’s become synonymous with the Gunners.
As his millennial fixture approaches this weekend, we look back at the 10 most significant matches of Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal career.