10 reasons to celebrate Arsene Wenger’s 65th birthday
Here are Dipak Patel's 10 reasons why we should all celebrate Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday on Wednesday
1. The Invincibles
Arsene Wenger brought us the team dubbed ‘The Invincibles’. A remarkable feat from the Frenchman as he went through the entire 2003/04 campaign unbeaten, lifting the Premier League title. Probably even more remarkable is the fact that it was done playing sumptuous football throughout.
2. Wenger keeps media guessing
You have to admire how Wenger consistently manages to evade any questions relating to transfers. The papers and media will strongly link Wenger’s team with a player only for him to act like he has never even heard of him.
3. Transforming Henry
Wenger brought a winger from AS Monaco and converted him into one of greatest strikers the Premier League has ever seen. Even in retirement, Thierry Henry still fondly refers to Wenger as “the boss”.
4. Wenger can handle himself on the touchline
Even at the age of 65, Wenger isn’t afraid of confrontation with rival managers. Just ask Jose Mourinho!
5. Wenger the word-smith
Oh, and Wenger is pretty good with his words too!
6. Likes a bargain
Wenger’s keen eye for a bargain in the transfer market should be applauded. Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Cesc Fabregas all purchased for less than £5m, and all of them went on to have glittering careers at Arsenal.
7. Helping the England national team
For all the foreign talent he has brought to the Premier League, he still knows how to nurture English talent. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have all thrived under his tutelage.
8. His humour amid adversity
Being sent to the stands for kicking a water bottle but Wenger is still able to see the funny side. The arms out-stretched with the Manchester United crowd behind him was an iconic moment.
9. Ferguson rivalry
His rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson in the early years produced some of the most compelling title races to date. It played a huge part in making the Premier League into the globalised and lucrative brand it has become today.
10. Total football
The football he promotes has produced some of the best team goals the Premier League has ever seen. Just check out this link here – and our favourite is below.