27 Sep 2016


The League Managers Association wishes to congratulate Arsène Wenger on celebrating the 20th anniversary of his appointment as manager of Arsenal Football Club during which time he has taken charge of over 1100 matches.

Arsène’s longevity serves to highlight a rare bond in the game, between a manager and his club, built upon a foundation of trust, loyalty and respect. He has built a culture of excellence and through innovation, consistency and dedication, Arsène has formed his own legacy which he continues to build upon each day.

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

The English Premier League has long been considered one of the most competitive leagues in the world, yet Arsène has never failed to finish in the top four, delivering two decades of European football to Highbury and the Emirates, most notably reaching the UEFA Champions League Final in 2006.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said in tribute: “On behalf of the League Managers Association and all our members I offer congratulations to Arsène on reaching this remarkable landmark. His achievements at Arsenal speak for themselves, but they alone do not convey the whole story. Arsène’s strong values and rock solid beliefs, plus his ability to accurately visualise the future he sees possible for the club and the players has been a constant platform for all he has done. Steadfastly remaining faithful and true to those values and beliefs when others clamour and demand change is increasingly really difficult in today’s fast changing, often short term thinking game.”

Whilst LMA Committee member Sir Alex Ferguson, who also surpassed the 20 year landmark, added: “Many congratulations to Arsène on reaching 20 years at Arsenal Football Club. His longevity is an example to all managers and coaches of his persistence and tenacity; his whole Arsenal career has been about what is best for the club. Well done!”

Arsène has twice been recognised by his peers as the LMA Manager of the Year and remains an iconic figure within the LMA Hall of Fame and 1000 Club. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2003 he was awarded an honorary OBE for services to football.