Muntasser? Karbassiyoon? ... Wenger's forgotten names of the 190 to play in his 1,000 games

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will take charge of the club in his 1,000th game against Chelsea this weekend.

999 games, 572 games won, 235 games drawn and 192 games lost and 190 players used - Arsene Wenger’s vital statistics from his time as Arsenal manager - a time which is about to bring up his 1,000th game in charge.

It is quite an incredible length of time for the French boss - and that list of players, 190 long, is very intriguing.

Looking through the list you see some names that need no introduction.

Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell - all names now synonymous with Wenger-era Arsenal.

Then there are some obvious flops. Igors Stepanovs, Andre Santos and Maraoune Chamakh spring to mind.

Then there are also some very interesting names that many of us might have forgotten.

So here is a list of three names that caught my eye from the list of Wenger’s Gunners - let’s see what you think of these players.

Jehad Muntasser

In 1997, at the tender age of 19-years-old, Arsenal snapped up exciting winger Jehad Muntasser from Italian outfit Pro Sesto.

Muntasser was a name that caused some interest as he became the only Libyan to play in the country after featuring in a game for Arsenal against Birmingham City in October 1997.

That was it for his career in England however leaving to join Bristol City after one season before a journeyman career in Italy.

Nowadays he is a football consultant at Al-Ahli Dubai and he recently made headlines for his charitable efforts throughout the Libyan revolution.

Daniel Karbassiyoon

Perhaps one of those talents that was unfortunate with injury - who has gone on to be a very important figure at the club regardless.

The striker/left back scored on his debut against Manchester City in the League Cup back in 2004 and made a further two appearances for the side.

He struggled with knee injuries however after a switch to Burnley in 2005 - and unfortunately retired in 2007 aged just 22.

Now a scout for the club he reportedly played a vital role in the locating and signing of Joel Campbell and Gedion Zelalem.

Christopher Wreh

A cult hero at the club for his penchant to score goals in vital games - he was however a very inconsistent player - although he did once outrun a lion.

After three years with the club he left to play in Saudi Arabia before bizarrely dropping down the system via Bournemouth, St Mirren and Iranian side Persepolis to Bishops Stortford and Buckingham Town before retiring in 2004.

He came out of retirement to play in Indonesia for three years between 2007 and 2010 and is nowadays coaching in the Northamptonshire area.

There are plenty of names on that list that deserve a mention for varying reasons - cult status, flop status, legend status or the absolutely ridiculous status (sorry Igors).

As many people design their perfect Wenger XI’s do not forget that it is each and every one of these 190 players - wherever they ended up - which have made up Wenger’s soon to be 1,000 games in charge of the club.

Here is a Tweet documenting all 190 of those players - zoom in and tell us about your forgotten hero…

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