For managers, modern football is a harsh climate. It appears a coach surpassing three years in charge of a single club is a growing rarity and some bosses are even relieved upon surviving 12 months.
However, amid all the chopping and changing there is Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman is celebrating 20 years in charge of Arsenal with what proves a fantastic albeit anomalous feat.
Nevertheless, the manner in which the Gunners have commended their manager has proven, well, rather underwhelming. Moreover, it hasn’t taken long for fans to retaliate against this rather mundane presentation.
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Aside from Sir Alex Ferguson, whose Manchester United tenure almost stretched to 30 years, no manager in the Premier League era has been such an ever present as Wenger.
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Therefore, it’s fair to say the 66-year-old has endured the test of time. This is perhaps no more exemplified by the fact he signed Thierry Henry in 1999 and since, has seen him retire and become a pundit.
In addition, over the course of 1,129 games at the helm of Arsenal, he has won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups. Wenger also remains the manager to have commanded the biggest league unbeaten run in English football history at 49 fixtures.
While Wenger’s powers may have waned since the move to the Emirates, his value to Arsenal is clear to see.
Consequently, upon the arrival of the anniversary, Arsenal had a lot of thanking to do. Their French manager received his of commemoration for 20 years of service at this week’s round of press conferences.
However, when Wenger has handed a rather small vase, Gunners were left somewhat confused by the low-key manner of the acknowledgment. An invincible season and what does he get? A vase.
That being said, it proves a rather expensive piece of glassware at that and doesn’t demonstrate the true extent of Arsenal’s appreciation. Nevertheless, supporters haven’t held back on social media.
Here is the presentation itself, followed by the pick of the tweets:
While such comments should be taken with a pinch of salt, the presentation was as underwhelming as they say it is.
With the Frenchman’s contract expiring at the end of the season and with 20 long years under his belt at north London, a conclusion could be immanent though.
The Independent are, in light of links with the England job, suggesting a new contract could be on the cards, but nothing is confirmed. After all, some fans would most likely see it is a deal too far.
He may have divided the allegiances of supporters, but you can’t deny his achievements. Vase or not, he’s been a loyal servant to a club that has pioneered consistency amid the often anarchic modern game.
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