31 Dec 2017


The League Managers Association wishes to congratulate Arsène Wenger OBE on surpassing the record for the number of matches managed in the Premier League, following his 811th match against West Bromwich Albion on 31st December 2017.

Arsène’s record achievement is yet another example of his professionalism and dedication to football management and to his club, Arsenal FC.

Since arriving in North London in 1996, Arsène has won three Premier League titles, including the historic unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003/04, and seven FA Cup titles. In addition, Arsenal has won the Community Shield seven times during Arsène’s tenure.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said in tribute: “On behalf of the League Managers Association and all our members, I would like to congratulate Arsène on his record breaking achievement. 811 Premier League games, and more to come, is testimony to all he has brought to football in England and to Arsenal FC. There are few certainties in football, but I’m sure his record will last forever.”

LMA Committee member Sir Alex Ferguson, who previously held the record, added: “I applaud Arsène on surpassing my record of managing 810 Premier League games. It is a fantastic milestone which has required the highest standards of dedication and professional management to achieve. I doubt his record, whatever it turns out to be, will ever be beaten.

“Congratulations on a truly remarkable career and great service to football and Arsenal FC.”

Arsène is the longest serving manager in England and has twice been recognised by his peers as the LMA Manager of the Year. He led Arsenal on a run of 19 successive Champions League campaigns, a record only bettered by Real Madrid. He remains an iconic figure within the LMA Hall of Fame and 1000 Club and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2003 he was awarded an honorary OBE for services to football.