Arsene Wenger has managed Arsenal Football Club for more than two decades now. A section of Gunners fans continue to push for him to leave but he will have none of that. He has won all trophies available with the London side but the Premier League has evaded them since 2004. The furthest he has taken the team in UEFA Champions League is the final in 2006 but Barcelona won the title. He failed to qualify for the competition last season and his team is fifth this season so far. Today, we want to take a look at six important facts you may not know about the Frenchman.
6. Wenger is a big fan of Reggae star Bob Marley
Arsene Wenger is a big fan of reggae music and Bob Marley music to be specific. The king of the reggae died in 1979 but his music is still the best in the genre.
“I love his music and the man that he was. He was not ‘fabricated’. He was real.
“I love people who do not have conventional paths and who stand out because of their talent.”
5. Wenger is a Gunner since in 1989
Arsene Wenger has managed Arsenal since 1996. However, the French man love affair with the Gunners started 7 years before he took over. The tactician visited Highbury in 1989 to watch Arsenal 2-0 win over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.
The then-vice president David Dein who accompanied him then said the following;
“Arsene didn’t speak English that fluently at the time, which was just as well as it’s a mime game!
“Within a few minutes, he had the courage to act out A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I thought to myself that he was not the usual football manager, an ex-player who has left school at 16.
“During the evening I saw this vision written in the sky: ‘Arsene for Arsenal!’ It’s destiny, it’s fate, it’s going to happen.”
4. Wenger does not drink Wine
Arsene Wenger does not take wine. Sir Alex Ferguson had a tradition of inviting opponent Coaches for a glass of wine after a tough battle on the pitch. However, the Gunners manager is the only man who did not entertain it.
“He never comes for a drink after matches’’, said Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He’s the only manager in the Premiership not to do so. It would be good for him to accept the tradition.”