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Arsene Wenger continues to prove his critics wrong

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After 93 years at Highbury, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal waved goodbye to the Marble Halls and made the short journey to the new state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman had single-handedly turned around the fortunes of the north London club, introducing training methods and dietary demands previously unheard of in England.

Most importantly for the Gunners faithful however, was Wenger's ability to win numerous titles playing a simply breathtaking style of football.

The pinnacle of the Frenchman's managerial career has to be the title-winning season of 2003/04, when he guided the north London giants throughout the whole season without losing, an undefeated run which lasted a record 49 matches.

Wenger showed great judgement on the transfer market while at Highbury, making the astute signings of the likes of Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and club record goalscorer, Thierry Henry.

The move to Emirates would affect the freedom of Wenger when it came to player recruitment as the Arsenal board imposed strict restrictions on the transfer kitty available to him due to the bank loan the club were having to repay every year.

This debt also forced the club to sell some of their star players which included Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. It was during this difficult period that I believe the Arsenal manager showed his true genius, managing to keep his team competitive on a shoe-string budget. 

All the more impressive was that Wenger never once criticised the board or complained about the lack of fund - he had a vision of taking the club to a new level and he knew the move from Highbury would lead to a period of tight financial constraints. He believed he was the man to steer the club through this, which he has.

Wenger's judgement has been questioned by the media and sadly by some of the Emirates faithful. The signings of Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are just some of the players which were dismissed by the media but the French tactician persevered under immense pressure.

A great example of this would be Graeme Souness' criticism of Welshman Ramsey. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "One goal in 36 games shows he isn't good enough."

Well, Ramsey's return of six goals in seven games since will no doubt have left Souness astonished and embarrassed about his comments.

Giroud and Mertesacker along with Ramsey are now seen as Arsenal's core, even Mertesacker in particular was lambasted for his lack of pace, but the German central defender has shown why he has just under 100 caps for Germany, helping the Gunners to a record 10 away wins.

The capture of Mesut Ozil for £42.2 million shows that as soon as the money became available, Wenger was not shy to spend it and that he still has the ability to attract world class talents, so the accusations over the last eight years that he was too financially careful have been proven to be nothing more than elaborate myths.

There aren't many managers around who could have kept Arsenal in the Champions League and if Wenger can now go on and build another title-winning team, he must undoubtedly be regarded as one of the finest managers in the history of football.

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