Good memories, records to forget, regrets, blames, wrongdoing, wise decisions … : Wenger career at Arsenal in the eyes of a long time loyal Gooner…  As the whole World pays homage to a Football Management #Legend leaving a club he has coached for over two decades, one of Arsenal loyal fans based in Uganda Edward Aiko’bua took time out to remember some of his most unforgettable memories as a Gooner during Arsene Wenger reign.

1998 – FA Cup Champions (My Enlightenment Game)…

1999 – Leeds 1- 0 Arsenal (Title defence ends)…

2000 – Nwankwo Kanu hat-trick at Stamford Bridge; UEFA Cup nights…

2001- Patrick Vieira is red-carded in the first two games of the season, scored twice in the third game and serves a five-match suspension but returns to earn a well-deserved place on the UEFA and PFA Teams of the Year; “Parlourrrrrr!” (My Favourite Arsenal Goal of All-Time v Valencia); Arsenal loses 2-1 in the FA Cup Final v Liverpool after leading…

2002 Double Happiness…

2003 Pires…

2004 The Invincibles (Unbeaten 49)…

2005 FA Cup Champions v Manchester United…

2006 Almost…

2007 New Stadium…

2008 Cesc Fabregas on fire (What’s in a name?)…

2009 Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal (Andrey Arshavin scores four); Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester United  (My heart literally melted, I knew I truly loved Arsenal) …

2010 Comeback Kings in four consecutive Premiership matches…

2011 Arsenal 2 – 1 Barcelona (Robin’s equaliser was superb – Eye of a Needle-Type of Way)…

2012 Return of the King (Thierry Henry); Robin van Persie scores 30 goals (Premiership Top Scorer)…

2013 Reading 5- 7 Arsenal; Arsenal 7 –3 Newcastle …

2014 Rambo all season; Jack Wilshere Goal of the Season v Norwich; Oezil is a Gunner, FA Community Shield…

2015 “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”…

2016 – Finished 2nd in Premiership but beat the Champions Leicester home and away…

2017 – Olivier Giroud’s smiley Scorpion Goal; FA Cup Champions v Chelsea; Giroud scores winning a penalty in Community Shield…

2018 – Expected to qualify for Europa League…

ARSENE WENGER Quotes:

Sports is about winning and losing; you have to accept that…

When I first came to Arsenal, I realised the Back 4 were all University Graduates in the Art of Defending. As for Tony Adams, I consider him to be a Doctor of Defence. He is simply outstanding… (1997)

Nobody will finish above us in the League. It wouldn’t surprise me if we were to go unbeaten for the whole of the season… (Before 2002-2003 Season started)

My Job is to give People who work hard all Week something to enjoy on Saturdays and Wednesdays… (6th February 2004)

It’s like a Child who is used to having Ice Cream whenever he wants. When it doesn’t come when he asks he tends to get confused and nervous… Crystal Palace 1, Arsenal 1 (6th November 2004)

We try to go a different Way that, for me, is respectable. Briefly, these are the Basics. I thought: We are building a Stadium, so I will get young Players in early so I do not find myself exposed on the Transfer Market without the Money to compete with the others. I build a Team, and we compensate by creating a Style of Play, by creating a Culture at the Club because the Boy comes in at 16 or 17 and when they go out they have a Supplement of Soul, of Love for the Club because they have been educated together. The People you meet at College from 16 to 20, often those are the Relationships in Life that keep going. That, I think, will give us Strength that other Clubs will not have…

We do not buy Superstars; we make them… (2007)

The Problem of the Media is always to imagine the Worst. The Problem of the Manager is always to imagine the Best… (2008)

He’s like a PlayStation. I think he can take Advantage of every Mistake you make. Barcelona are a very good Side but of course, they have Messi who can make the Difference at any Moment in the Game. He is very young but he can achieve a lot. There are not many Players who can score four Goals like he did. He has six or seven great Years ahead of him and he can become unbelievable… (7th April 2010)

I’m used to Suffering… (2011)

At the End of the Day, I ask you: Who is the Most Successful Team? Brazil! What do they play? Good Football! Who won everything last Year? Barcelona! What do they play? Lovely Football. I am not against being pragmatic because to be pragmatic is to make a good Pass, not a bad Pass. It is as simple as that. When I see Barcelona, to me it is Art…

In the final Third, Barcelona’s Passing Accuracy and Creativity is exceptional… (17th March 2016)

If you love Football you love Rosicky…

I did not see it…

Let’s change the whole Team’s Shape to squeeze Ramsey in at all cost…

I want to focus on Football. I am not in Politics. All the rest, for me, is less important. I am in Sport, I love Sport, I give 24 Hours a Day for what I love…

Football should be an Art…

In France, we say “Au revoir” which means “You might see me again”…

Quotes About Wenger:

“Arsene will always have a Place at the Club… You don’t find a Replacement for Arsene Wenger, you find a new Path forward…” – IVAN GAZIDIS (Arsenal FC Chairman)

“The Invincible One…” – GOONERS

 

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