As you all may know by now, Arsène Wenger will celebrate his 20th year at the club this Saturday, October 1st. He was appointed by David Dein back in 1996, after Bruce Rioch’s dismissal in August of the same year.
Now, to put into perspective how long ago that was, my best friend back then was still my pacifier.
Wenger rose to prominence after winning the Ligue 1 title with AS Monaco in 1988 and then following that up with a Coupe de France in 1991. He then spent a brief stint in Japan before coming to London.
Being the first non-British manager in the club's history, Wenger’s appointment was rife with controversy; Johan Cruyff had been the favorite to land the job prior to the announcement.
The move shocked players and English media alike, even prompting the Evening Standard to publish the now-immortal headline ‘Arsène Who?’ - his managerial approach, which placed a great deal of importance on dieting, was mocked and laughed at.
But that all changed when the Frenchman went on to win three Premier League trophies and six FA Cups with the Gunners.
Here, take a look: