Wenger picks two favourite games of 999: Arshavin and Van Persie star

Arsene Wenger Waves

Arsene Wenger has selected his two favourite games since taking charge of Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger prepares to take charge of his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal this weekend, a rare and incredible achievement in the modern game.

The Frenchman travels to Stamford Bridge hoping to close the gap in the Premier League title race and get one over on Jose Mourinho.

There is plenty of celebration around Wenger's achievement, with page-spreads being prepared in national newspapers, and the manager himself conducting interviews around it.

Arsenal's official website have of course been producing their own coverage, and one of the more interesting questions came when it was put to the manager to choose his favourite game of the 999 he has been in charge of.

Wenger was unable to choose one, but narrowed it down to two.

He said: "Maybe the Barcelona game on the Champions League night, maybe winning the first title against Everton, which was so important, I hope that the next game will be my favourite game."

The title win in 1998 is perhaps a predictable choice, a 4-0 win over Everton a Highbury famous for a memorable Tony Adams goal, an iconic moment in the club's history.

The second choice is not so predictable, although a great European night. Wenger was referring to the 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League first leg in 2011, in which Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin scored late goals to gift Arsenal the win.

Barcelona went onto win the second leg with Van Persie controversially sent off; while if things had turned out differently and Arsenal had beaten Barcelona in Paris in 2006 - that surely would have been top of Wenger's list.

Both choices are Wenger's and stick out for him - but there are other strong contenders he may have overlooked.

The 1-0 win at Old Trafford in 2002 to win the Premier League thanks to Sylvain Wiltord's goal; winning the league at White Hart Lane in 2004, although just a 2-2 draw on the day, will have been memorable. If that result didn't stand out - then what about the stirring 5-4 away win on the same ground days later? Or the footballing perfection which was a 7-0 win over Everton a year afterwards?

In the Champions League there have been several notable games, the 5-1 win away to Inter Milan stands out, as does the 2-0 away win against AC Milan, a game which featured a goal Cesc Fabregas rates as his best ever. The Thierry Henry inspired 1-0 away win against Real Madrid is also an often-forgotten about achievement.

There have been lows too- but now isn't the time to focus on them, Wenger is right to look forward and hope this weekend against Chelsea can somehow top the lot.

 

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