It seems that we live in a time where Arsene Wenger is not Arsenal manager, but that’s now been the case for over a year.
The news of the legendary Frenchman leaving the north London side he built from the group up was one of the biggest sports stories of the year and a bombshell that sent ripples across the world football, and yet a year later we’ve only just accepted that Wenger is no longer in the hot seat at Arsenal.
Le Prof spent 21 seasons as Arsenal manager, taking the club from an okay team to one of the biggest sports franchises in the world and establishing a set of unwritten rules that most managers and coaches live by now in the modern game of football.
The Frenchman reinvented the way players should train, introducing yoga sessions to training and forcing athletes to look after their bodies with a stern ban on bad food, smoking and alcohol, practices that seem almost ludicrous to not have now in this era.
As well as literally shaping the way players should be physically with health and fitness, Wenger installed philosophies of trying to win football with beauty, taking the sport into an almost art form when executed right, but you can pinpoint this obsession to the Frenchman’s downfall at Arsenal.
Many would argue Wenger should have left on the high of winning the 2013/14 FA Cup, the first piece of silverware Arsenal had won in nine years, and this proved to be true as the club slowly but gradually went downhill following that triumph.
Although Arsenal have managed to win trophies since then, their league form has suffered, missing out on Champions League football in Wenger’s final two seasons after 19 consecutive seasons in Europe’s top competition, and this could be what led to the Frenchman announcing his departure from the club.
Since leaving the Gunners, Wenger has yet to return to football, doing light punditry work for Bein Sports and stating he is waiting for the right job to turn up.
Wherever the Frenchman ends up, there is no doubt he will be supported by those who saw him change the game and by those who loved what he did on the pitch with Arsenal.
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