Arsene Wenger has come out of a long, dark tunnel with regards to Arsenal's transition from the ageing ground that was Highbury to the world-class arena that is the Emirates stadium.
The financial implications of such a move are completely beyond the majority of football fans but to self-finance the build whilst staying competitive has been nothing short of miraculous.
Whilst the businessmen of Arsenal dealt with off-field matters, Wenger was charged with keeping the club competitive on the pitch whilst also generating funds through major player sales.
Wenger was forced to sell top class players to help the club's finances before again being requested to keep the club in the top four - not just by the board but by short-sighted fans as well.
He did it. Although they have come ever so close to dropping out, Arsenal remained in Europe's premier competition, bringing in more funds and shortening the period of austerity considerably.
Now he has funds to play with in the transfer market and showed he has still got it by convincing Mesut Ozil to join the club ahead of moneybags PSG.
He has money, he has the reputation and now he has the squad to fill a gaping hole in his CV.
Arsenal take on Napoli in the Champions League in what represents a must-win in a tough Group F.
After winning their opening tie away to Marseille, they are in a good position but a win against the Italian giants would put the in a great one.
Wenger spoke about his eagerness to win the Champions League in a press conference today.
He said: "I will try to fight very hard to fill my CV with that. But you play against Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid – every year they are there with a chance. Every year you always think: 'Let's do it', and one year it will go for you. Let's hope it will be this year."
Qualifying from a tough group will prepare this talented squad to take on the rigours of the knockout phases, meaning it could be their year to bring home the big-eared trophy.
But what would that victory mean for Wenger, who enters the last six months of his deal in January?
Wenger has put up with torrents of abuse from Arsenal fans over the last six years, taking the blame for the board's wishes, sacrificing his pride in the process.
Wenger is one of the greatest managers in the world of sport, let alone football, and his availability would provoke mayhem in the managerial transfer market.
The Arsenal fans that called for his head when times got tough don't deserve him. If Wenger can win European football's biggest prize, he would've proved them wrong and can walk away from the club with his head held high, leaving Arsenal's future in the dark.
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