Arsenal Football Club has proudly revealed the unveiling of a statue dedicated to their legendary former manager, Arsène Wenger.
The statue of Arsène, which is at Emirates Stadium is to celebrate his incredible and remarkable contributions to the club.
Arsène Wenger served as the club’s manager from October 1996 to May 2018, during which time he achieved remarkable success, leading the team to three Premier League titles, including an unbeaten season, and securing seven FA Cup victories.
He also led Arsenal through an impressive 20 consecutive years in the UEFA Champions League.
Over the course of his 22-year tenure, Arsène Wenger managed the first team in a staggering 1,235 matches, transforming the club’s identity with his visionary approach to the game.
He is often credited with creating the “modern Arsenal” and remains a central figure in the club’s history.
Arsène Wenger’s success at Arsenal began in his first full season in charge in 1997/98 when he became the first non-British manager to win the league title.
He continued to lead the club to further triumphs, securing league championships in 2001/02 and 2003/04.
The 2003/04 season was particularly remarkable as Arsenal remained unbeaten throughout the campaign, going on a record-breaking 49-game unbeaten run in the league.
Additionally, Arsène Wenger holds the record for the most FA Cup wins as a manager, with seven titles to his name.
Beyond his on-pitch accomplishments, Arsène Wenger played a pivotal role in shaping the club’s facilities.
He was instrumental in the design and establishment of the London Colney training center, which opened its doors in 1999.
Moreover, he was involved in the design elements of the club’s transition from Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006.
The statue of Arsène Wenger, created by the acclaimed sculptor Jim Guy, now stands proudly outside the North Bank stand at Emirates Stadium.
The bronze statue, measuring 3.5 meters in height and weighing approximately half a tonne, depicts the former manager lifting the Premier League trophy in celebration of his numerous achievements.
Tim Lewis, the Executive Vice Chair of Arsenal, expressed the club’s deep respect and gratitude to Arsène Wenger, acknowledging his immense contributions to the club’s success.
The statue serves as a testament to Arsène’s lasting legacy, allowing supporters and visitors to Emirates Stadium to reflect on his incredible impact on the club.
Current Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, also praised Arsène Wenger’s influence on his career, acknowledging the manager’s role in selecting him as a player and appointing him as the club’s captain.
To honor his immense contributions, Arsène Wenger will be the guest of honor during the Emirates Cup match against AS Monaco on August 2nd.
He will also take time to visit his statue in the days to come.
The statue of Arsène Wenger joins five others dedicated to key figures in the club’s history, including Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp, Herbert Chapman, Ken Friar, and Thierry Henry.
The statutes will enhance the club’s rich heritage and commemorate the extraordinary individuals who have shaped Arsenal’s legacy.
The club’s supporters and the footballing world will forever be reminded of Arsène Wenger’s greatness through this magnificent statue at Emirates Stadium.