The media and rival fans and punters alike all made fun of Arsène Wenger when he was taken out of context some two years ago. He was misquoted as saying: "I think we can go the whole season unbeaten ...", and since then that quote became the bane of many jokes.
Well, guess what? Arsenal did it. Arsène Wenger led Arsenal to an astonishing season in 2003-04 where the champions did not lose one single match where they won the championship in a devastatingly entertaining manner.
Last season though, Arsenal endured their toughest season under The Professor with the loss of captain and midfield dynamo Patrick Vieira hitting the players and fans especially hard. What did Arsène do? Did he spend mega-bucks in the transfer market, a la Chelsea? Did the team capitulate (well for a while they almost did...)?
No - he stuck with the young charges at his disposal: Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Touré all made huge strides last season, culminating in Arsenal reaching the final of the European cup and getting to within barely 15 minutes away from an unlikely victory. Furthermore they managed to win fourth place on the last day of the season, gloriously pipping Spurs to a spot in next season's Champions League.
Next season shapes up to be a good one. Arsène knows.
French League championship 1988
French Cup winners 1991
French 'Manager of the Year' 1988
Japan's 'Manager of the Year' 1995
Emperor's Cup winner 1996
Japanese Super Cup winner 1996
League Championship 1998, 2002, 2004
FA Cup winners 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005
Emirates Cup winner 2007, 2009
Voted 'Manager of the Year' 1998, 2002, 2004
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