Arsène Wenger was relatively unknown in England when Arsenal secured his services but he has become the most successful boss in their history.
The Gunners won the Premier League and FA Cup double less than two years after Wenger's appointment (he became the first non-English manager to achieve this) and repeated the feat four seasons later.
Arsène was born in Strasbourg in 1949 and played for both the city's clubs. His early career in management took in Nancy Lorraine, AS Monaco and Japanese outfit Grampus Eight.
He is multi-lingual having learned to communicate in German, English, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. Arsène holds a degree in engineering and a Masters degree in economics.
Arsenal have won the title three times under his stewardship. The third championship, in 2004, was remarkable for the fact that they went unbeaten throughout the entire league season, a Premier League record.
Arsène has won the FA Cup on six occasions and led Arsenal to the final of the Champions League in 2006, as well as two Carling Cup finals in 2007 and 2011.
He is credited with using his knowledge of European and world football to recruit players of skill and flair at relatively low prices with notable signings including Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.
He was awarded an honorary OBE for services to football in 2003. Twice Wenger has been LMA Manager of the Year - in 2002 and 2004 when he was also BBC Sports Personality of the Year (coach award).