If Wenger signs a new contract he'll become longest-serving manager ever

Wenger Statue

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season in June 2014.

The 64-year-old Frenchman arrived in North London on September 30th 1996 to take charge of Arsenal who had dismissed Bruce Rioch after a year in charge.

Wenger has gone on to take the Gunners to three Premier League title, including one invincible season in 2003/04, the last time Arsenal won the title going all 38 games unbeaten in the league, as well as four FA Cup titles and four Community Shield titles.

Individually, he has been named French Manager of the Year in 2008, been given an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003, won the Onze d’Or Coach of the Year award no less than four times in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004, been awarded the Premier League Manager of the Season three times in 1998, 2002, and 2004, as well as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award twice in 2002 and 2004 and been indicted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson from his post at Manchester United at the end of last season Arsene Wenger is now the longest-serving manager current working in the Premier League. He has been in charge at Arsenal for 17 years and counting – by the time his contract expires next summer it will 18 years.

Furthermore, the current record held by Ferguson as the longest serving manager with 21 years under his belt at Old Trafford has now left his position to David Moyes meaning if Arsene Wenger signs a new contract of four years or more and honours that commitment to Arsenal, he will smash Ferguson record to become the longest-serving manager in history at the age of 68 which would be three years younger than Ferguson was when he retired at 71 this year.

A four-year contract signed this summer would take him to the summer of 2018 by which point he would have been serving as manager of Arsenal for 22 years, one year more than Sir Alex Ferguson spent at United.

He would also potentially be in a position to smash Ferguson’s records of the most Premier League Manager of the Month awards currently 27 in total held by Ferguson to Wenger’s current total so far of 13 – he would (if he signed a four-year deal next summer) have no less than 54 months to win another 14 monthly awards.

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