50 matches for Le Professor v Manchester United. The Arsenal gaffer is currently level with Brian Clough having managed 49 matches against the Red Devils.
Arsene Wenger is the pin-up for those who like a thinking manager. Almost geeky in appearance with his round glasses, he has become the most successful of all the foreign managers to coach in the British Isles, developing a brand of attacking football in north London which is the envy of many.
Wenger's own playing career never hit real success, while many of the Frenchman's contemporaries won trophies, Arsene Wenger was polishing the most vital tool in his arsenal: his brain.
A masters degree in economics followed a degree he achieved in engineering, as the young gentleman from Strasbourg utilised his grey cells. However at Monaco, he displayed that his intellect was in tandem with instinct, as he uncovered the first in a long line of hidden gems, recruiting such players as George Weah and Youri Djorkaeff.
A switch to Japan taught Wenger the advantages of a basic simple diet, and a personnel fitness need that Arsene has been lauded with in prolonging a range of players under his tutelage. In-fact, the rightly recognised famous flat back four of the Gunners in the Nineties, were given a boost, when Wenger arrived in north London, where the magical signing of Dennis Bergkamp was already also there to work with.
A double of league championship and a FA Cup in his second term at Arsenal confirmed Wenger's status at the Gunners, while the arrivals of Arsene's compatriots, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Sylvain Wiltord were all purchased on the sale of the troublesome Nicolas Anelka. Wenger raised the bar to new heights. Henry, developed under Le Professor's caring eye, to lay claim to being the best football player in the world. He was awesome.
Arsene Wenger has relished the rivalry with Manchester United and latterly Chelsea, ever keen to stoke the fire.
It has boiled to tipping point often, most notably infamously during the pizzagate in 2004, when Manchester United ended Arsenals fantastic 49 game unbeaten run at the Theatre of Dreams.
Players were said to have thrown pizza at one another in the technical area, followed by scurrilous accusations by Arsene Wenger that United icon Ruud Van Nistelrooy was a cheat.
Jose Mourinho also pitched in with his verbal jousting with Arsene Wenger, pinning on the Gunners boss "he is a voyeur" because he became obsessed with Chelsea.
Success often breeds contempt and complacency from the envious and Arsenal have been labelled as being a dirty side, borne out with an alarming high level of red cards, but that now is long in the past.
Arsene Wenger also fielded squads with no home grown players, inviting obvious critique and further ridicule from pundits. However for the Emirates-Don it is about putting the most exciting 11 on the pitch at any one time.
"When you represent a club it's about values and qualities, not about passports."
Managerial honours: One French League Championship ( with Monaco); one Japanese Super Cup (with Nagoya Grampus Eight; three English League Championships, four FA Cups, European Cup runner-up ( with Arsenal).
Arsene Wenger deserves respect as the longest serving manager in the English Premier League, but with an obvious 8 year gap in winning a trophy is this Arsenals season to win their first title since 2004 does he deserve a new contract? This superb start to the season is their best chance of winning the league since then.
If Arsenal fail to deliver silverware for the support based on this start, should Arsene Wenger resign to allow a new management team in at the Emirates to provide tangible success; a trophy?
At this point it may not be a popular notion, but with Sir Alex Ferguson bowing out last season somewhat surprisingly, even if Wenger wins the league - it may be the perfect time to call it quits while on top.
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