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Arsene Wenger has set his sights on double figures as he attempts to lead his side into the knockout stages of the Champions League for yet another season.
Galatasaray may have lost Didier Drogba back to his beloved Chelsea but they still have Wesley Sneijder pulling the strings.
"We are maybe more under pressure to win than if we had won the first game," Wenger explained.
"In the group stage you need a minimum of 10 points so the home games are vital.
"Basically the target [to get out of your group] is always the same in the Champions League - you need to win your home games and you need one good result away from home."
So no room for error tonight...
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Arsene Wenger admits he does not have the answer. After 18 years at Arsenal he has scrutinised every detail and sought to move with the changing times but there are still moments when he feels stumped.
Injury woes continue to dog Arsenal

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Check out these interesting stats from Arsene Wenger's 1021 games in charge at Arsenal => http://bit.ly/1nLtNM1 #Wenger18

With the Arsenal vs Galatasaray clash fast approaching, what are your expectations for Le Prof's 1022 match? Will the French manager guide the Gunners to a win? Share your thoughts.
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What's changed since Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal in 1996?

House prices in Islington have risen 400%
23 of Arsenal's current playing staff have been born
Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up a search engine called BackRub
There have been 28 series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Those and 14 other facts to mark Wenger's 18th anniversary

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The unknown French manager walked into Highbury on this day in 1996 - lots has changed since then
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https://plus.google.com/115581787693500708279 Emanto Ngaloru : 18 stars for 18 years: As Wenger hits his new landmark, here's our pick of the players who have lit ...
18 stars for 18 years: As Wenger hits his new landmark, here's our pick of the players who have lit up his long reign at Arsenal
                            It was on October 1, 1996 that a relatively unknown
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Arsenal. In the 18 years since, he has delivered three Premier League
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18 stars for 18 years: As Wenger hits his new landmark, here's our pick of the players who have lit up his long reign at Arsenal
                            It was on October 1, 1996 that a relatively unknown Frenchman called Arsene Wenger was unveiled as the new manager of Arsenal. In the 18 years since, he has delivered three Premier League titl...
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Happy Arsenal anniversary to Arsene Wenger, who started his job as manager of the Gunners 18 years ago today. The Frenchman will only enjoy his special day, however, if the Arsenal team he selects to face the Turkish club Galatasaray are able to come away w...
Predicted Lineup to face Galatasaray
Happy Arsenal anniversary to Arsene Wenger, who started his job as manager of the Gunners 18 years ago today. The Frenchman will only enjoy his special day, however, if the Arsenal team he selects to face the Turkish club Gal...
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https://plus.google.com/115167729748912745607 Tamiko nelf : Arsène Wenger's top 10 Arsenal signings 10. Mikel Arteta Bought from Everton for £10 million in 2011...

Arsène Wenger's top 10 Arsenal signings

10. Mikel Arteta
Bought from Everton for £10 million in 2011

There are good reasons to argue that the likes of Emmanuel Petit or Freddie Ljungberg should be included on this list ahead of Arteta but they were very different signings in being additional components to already great teams. Arteta might have been bought at a premium price for a 29-year-old but his influence both on the pitch and in the dressing-room has, at times, been the glue that has held Arsenal together during the most difficult transitional two seasons of Arsène Wenger’s entire 17 years as manager.
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9. Cesc Fabregas
Bought from Barcelona for compensation fee of £500,000 in 2003 and sold back to Barcelona in 2011 for £35 million
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Wenger will always feel slightly scarred by his failure to keep Fabregas just as he was entering the very peak years of his career but, in terms of the pure economics, he has never extracted more value from a deal. Was signed from Barcelona’s academy at the age of just 16 and went on to play 303 times for Arsenal before being sold back to Barca for 70 times more than Wenger originally paid.
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8. Robin van Persie
Bought from Feyenoord in 2004 for £2.5 million. Sold to Manchester United in 2012 for £24 million

The very best Wenger signings are those who have given their best years to Arsenal and also been sold at a huge profit. Time will tell on the first point, although Van Persie is still unlikely to ever repeat his golden 17 month period at Arsenal from January 2011 until May 2012 when he scored 59 goals. A fee of £24 million may also still prove to be good business for a 29-year-old in the final season of his contract.
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7. Sol Campbell
Free transfer from Tottenham in 2001. Left on a free transfer to Portsmouth in 2006

Also returned for a second spell in 2010 but it was this first period when Campbell achieved greatness as an Arsenal player. Arrived for nothing from Arsenal’s most bitter rivals and went on to be the defensive rock of a team that won three FA Cups and two Premier League titles, including going the entire 2003-4 season undefeated.
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6. Robert Pires
Bought from Marseille in 2000 for £6 million and left on a free transfer to Villarreal in 2006.

Not higher on the list simply because he was bought for a significant fee and eventually left on a free transfer but still a fabulous signing for what he produced during six memorable years at Arsenal. Was also an amazing value replacement for Marc Overmars who was sold that same summer by Wenger for £25 million. Rated sixth on the all-time list of Arsenal’s greatest ever players.
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5. Nicolas Anelka
Bought from Paris St Germain in 1997 for £500,000. Sold to Real Madrid for £22.5 million in 1999

Anelka’s Arsenal years were short but very sweet. He was completely unknown when he arrived as a 17-year-old in 1997 but, in tandem with Dennis Bergkamp, was the attacking inspiration behind the first Premier League/FA Cup double of 1998. After just two seasons at Arsenal he was then sold to Real Madrid at an extraordinary profit. It is doubtful, though, whether he ever played better in his entire career than his 28 months at Arsenal.
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4. Kolo Touré
Bought from ASEC Mimosas for £150,000 in 2001. Sold to Manchester City for £16 million in 2009

Another who not only played for Arsenal during the peak of his career but was also sold at a massive profit to Manchester City. Totally unknown when he arrived from the Ivory Coast in 2002 but went on to play more than 300 times for Arsenal, including the ‘Invincible’ season of 2003-4. Wenger’s biggest regret might be not also buying his brother when he had the chance.
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3. Marc Overmars
Bought from Ajax for £5.5 million in 1997 and sold to Barcelona in 2000 for £25 million

Another who generated a fabulous profit having also probably produced the best years of his career for Arsenal. Was superb during the double-winning season of 1998 and never again reached those heights at Barcelona. The sale, though, still allowed Wenger to buy a better player in Pires for just £6 million and make a £13.5 million profit.
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2. Patrick Vieira
Bought for £3.5 million from AC Milan in 1996. Sold to Juventus for £13.5 million in 2006.

Arsenal’s leader and midfield driving force during the greatest years of Wenger’s reign. Was his first major signing upon becoming manager in 1996 and arguably also his most influential. Vieira was part of all seven of Wenger’s trophy-winning teams and was also somehow still sold for a handsome profit in 2006 to Juventus when his best were behind him.
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1. Thierry Henry
Bought from Juventus in 1999 for £11 million. Sold to Barcelona in 2007 for £16 million.

Arrived as a left winger but transformed under Wenger into the best player in the Premier League and arguably the finest centre-forward in Europe. Was to become Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer and, by common consent, their greatest ever player. Remained an exceptional player at Barcelona but his finest years were still at Arsenal and he was also sold for a profit.

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Wenger celebrates his 18th anniversary as Arsenal boss by presiding over his 1022nd game in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League group match against Galatasaray. Ljungberg won two Premier league titles and three FA Cups under Wenger and was part of the 2003/04 unbeaten 'Invincibles' side which ...
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https://plus.google.com/115167729748912745607 Tamiko nelf : 60 Arsene Wenger Quotes 1) [Upon being asked what he does with his spare time] "I watch football." ...
60 Arsene Wenger Quotes

1) [Upon being asked what he does with his spare time] "I watch football."

2) "I tried to watch the Tottenham match on television in my hotel yesterday, but I fell asleep."

3) "When I first came to Arsenal, I realised the back four were all university graduates in the art of defending. As for Tony Adams, I consider him to be a doctor of defence. He is simply outstanding."

4) [On the qualities of Dennis Bergkamp] "Intelligence and class. Class is of course, most of the time linked to what you can do with the ball, but the intelligence makes you use the technique in an efficient way. It's like somebody who has a big vocabulary but he doesn't say intelligent words, and somebody who has a big vocabulary but he can talk intelligently, and that's what Dennis is all about. What he does, there's always a head and always a brain. And his technique allows him to do what he sees, and what he decides to do."

5) [After the Arsenal fans booed a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in November 1998] "If you eat caviar every day it's difficult to return to sausages."

6) "A company works best when everybody does the job he is paid to do."

7) "Sometimes now, when I watch continental games on television, I'm a bit bored. I'm thinking: 'Where is the intensity?'"

8) [In 2003] "It's not impossible. I know it will be difficult for us to go through the season unbeaten. But if we keep the right attitude it's possible we can do it."

9) [On Jose Mourinho after the then Chelsea boss accused him of being a voyeur] "He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent."

10) "A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful."

11) [In response to Sepp Blatter's accusation that big clubs were guilty of 'child slavery] "If you have a child who is a good musician, what is your first reaction? It is to put them into a good music school, not in an average one. So why should that not happen in football?"

12) [After the departure of Sol Campbell to Portsmouth] "It is a big surprise to me because he cancelled his contract to go abroad. Have you sold Portsmouth to a foreign country?"

13) "I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art. When you read some books they are fantastic, the writer touches something in you that you know you would not have brought out of yourself. He makes you discover something interesting in your life. If you are living like an animal, what is the point of living? What makes daily life interesting is that we try to transform it to something that is close to art. And football is like that. When I watch Barcelona, it is art."

14) "When you represent a club it's about values and qualities, not about passports."

15) "If I go into a season and I say, 'For fu*k's sake, if we don't win anything, they will all leave,' I have already lost. The problem of the media is always to imagine the worst. The problem of the manager is always to imagine the best."

16) [After the success of the Great Britain team at the Olympics] "I didn't know the English were good at swimming. I have been in this country for 12 years and I haven't seen a swimming pool."

17) "The biggest things in life have been achieved by people who, at the start, we would have judged crazy. And yet if they had not had these crazy ideas the world would have been more stupid."

18) "There is no better psychological education than growing up in a pub when you are five or six because you meet all different people and hear how cruel they can be. You hear the way they talk to each other like saying 'You're a liar.' And from an early age you get a practical psychological education into the minds of people."

19) "I started at 33 as a manager and sometimes I felt I wouldn't survive. Physically I was sick."

20) "Politically, I am for efficiency. Economically first. Until the 1980s the world was divided into two, people were either communist or capitalist. The communist model does not work economically, we all realised that, but the capitalist model in the modern world also looks to be unsustainable. You cannot ignore individual interests, but I believe the world evolves slowly. The last 30 years have brought a minimum amount of money for everybody in the west, the next step, politically, would be a maximum amount of money earned by everybody."

21) "As long as no-one scored, it was always going to be close."

22) "If I asked you who was the best team in the world you would say Brazil. And do they play good football? Yes. Which club won everything last year? Barcelona. Good football. I am not against being pragmatic, because it is pragmatic to make a good pass, not a bad one. If I have the ball, what do I do with it? Could anybody argue that a bad solution like just kicking it away is pragmatic just because, sometimes, it works by accident?"

23) [In response to Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that he possessed the best team in the league despite Arsenal winning the title in 2002] "Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home."

24) "Ferguson should calm down. Maybe it would have been better if he had put us against a wall and shot us."

25) "He [Ferguson] doesn't interest me and doesn't matter to me at all. I will never answer to any provocation from him any more."

26) [To journalists regarding Ferguson] "What I don't understand is that he does what he wants and you are all at his feet."

27) "Ferguson's out of order. He has lost all sense of reality. He is going out looking for a confrontation, then asking the person he is confronting to apologise. He's pushed the cork in a bit far this time."

28) [Upon being asked if he had received the apology that Sir Alex had announced he had sent to Wenger] "No. Perhaps he sent it by horse."

29) "I'm ready to take the blame for all the problems of English football if that is what he wants."

30) [After Jose Royes announced he wanted to leave Arsenal] "It's like you wanting to marry Miss World and she doesn't want you. I can try to help you but if she does not want to marry you what can I do?"

31) "Despite the global warming, England is still not warm enough for him."

32) "Gerard Houllier's thoughts on the matter [international football] echo mine. He thinks that what the national coaches are doing is like taking the car from his garage without even asking permission. They will then use the car for ten days and abandon it in a field without any petrol left in the tank. We then have to recover it, but it is broken down. Then a month later they will come to take your car again, and for good measure you're expected to be nice about it."

33) "Gerard is an open-minded and passionate man. I am the opposite: stubborn and stupid. But sometimes stupid behaviour makes you win."

34) "I do not think about the national team too much because footballistically it is not of too much interest."

35) [On losing the lead of the league in November 2004] "It's like a child who is used to having ice cream whenever he wants. When it doesn't come when he asks he tends to get confused and nervous."

36) "Any man who concentrates his energies totally on one passion is, by definition, someone who hurts the people close to him."

37) "We were considering him [Ruud van Nistelrooy] and Francis Jeffers and, in the end, we went for Jeffers."

38) "Maybe people will be surprised that I have signed an Englishman but I looked at his quality and not his passport. Francis is a 'fox in the box'."

39) [On Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003] "He can only cheat."

40) "I think in England you eat too much sugar and meat and not enough vegetables."

41) "I lived for two years in Japan and it was the best diet I ever had. The whole way of life there is linked to health. Their diet is basically boiled vegetables, fish and rice. No fat, no sugar. You notice when you live there that there are no fat people."

42) "One of the things I discovered in Japan was from watching sumo wrestling. At the end you can never tell who has won the fight, and who has lost, because they do not show their emotion because it could embarrass the loser. It is unbelievable. That is why I try to teach my team politeness. It is only here in England that everybody pokes their tongue out when they win."

43) "What's really dreadful is the diet in Britain. The whole day you drink tea with milk and coffee with milk and cakes. If you had a fantasy world of what you shouldn't eat in sport, it's what you eat here."

44) "If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all."

45) [On Arsenal's recruitment policy] "If I give you a good wine, you will see how it tastes and after you ask where it comes from."

46) "I don't kick dressing room doors or the cat or even football journalists."

47) "At some clubs success is accidental. At Arsenal it is compulsory."

48) "Nobody has enough talent to live on talent alone. Even when you have talent, a life without work goes nowhere."

49) "You have to be a masochist to be an international manager."

50) "For me, when you change more than three players in a team, you always take a technical risk because you change the deep structure of the team and the deep balance of the team, mentally and technically."

51) "We do not buy superstars. We make them."

52) "The real revelation of a player's character is not in his social life but in how he plays. In my social life I can hide my real personality."

53) [After Martin Taylor snapped Eduardo's leg in half] "The guy should never ever play football again."

54) [On how long Tomas Rosicky would be ruled out for at the start of his 18-month recuperation] "Days not weeks."

55) "I am in a job where you always look in front of you. Unfortunately, the older you get, the less distance there is in front of you."

56) "We try to go a different way that, for me, is respectable. Briefly, these are the basics. I thought: "We are building a stadium, so I will get young players in early so I do not find myself exposed on the transfer market without the money to compete with the others. I build a team, and we compensate by creating a style of play, by creating a culture at the club because the boy comes in at 16 or 17 and when they go out they have a supplement of soul, of love for the club, because they have been educated together. The people you meet at college from 16 to 20, often those are the relationships in life that keep going. That, I think, will give us strength that other clubs will not have."

57) "What motivates me is an ideal of thinking about how football should be. And to try to get near this way of playing. And to try to improve all aspects of my personality that can help me get near this ideal way of playing football."

58) [On Emmanuel Adebayor's stamp on Robin van Persie] "I watched it when I got home and it looked very bad. You ask 100 people, 99 will say it's very bad and the hundredth will be Mark Hughes."

59) "I did not see the incident."

60) "I do not like to make a fuss, it'll just be another day. I want to stay 59."
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10 ways innovator Arsene Wenger has changed English football forever



Today marks the 18th anniversary of Arsene Wenger walking into Arsenal as manager for the first time.

When he first joined the club from Nagoya Grampus Eight, English football collectively asked: "Arsene who?"

He soon answered that question by winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as overseeing the move from Highbury to the Emirates.

But his influence has been felt even beyond his own club.

Here Gunnerblog's James McNicholas charts the ways the famously myopic Frenchman has changed English football in 18 glittering years.

1) Innovative training methods
Wenger’s first revolutionary shift occurred on the training field. He earned his nickname “The Professor” thanks to his precise planning and meticulous preparation.

Turgid stamina work was replaced with short-burst sessions, and an emphasis was placed on close-control and small-sided games. Crucial to Wenger’s philosophy was the idea that almost all work should involve the ball.

When he first arrived, his methods were met with skepticism. Arsenal’s old guard were distrustful of this angular, unknown Frenchman. However, he ended up being credited with extending the careers of the famous back four by several years.

2) Introducing new dietary habits
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Wenger’s time in Japan opened his eyes to the importance of nutrition. Looking back on his spell with Grampus Eight, he said: “I lived for two years in Japan and it was the best diet I ever had. Their diet is basically boiled vegetables, fish and rice. No fat, no sugar. You notice when you live there that there are no fat people. I think in England you eat too much sugar and meat and not enough vegetables.”

Wenger believes diet is an essential part of what he calls a player’s “non-visible” preparation. The carefully-balanced menus he insisted on introducing at Arsenal have since become standard fare throughout English football.

3) Paving the way for foreign managers
When Wenger arrived at Arsenal, foreign managers were few and far between in England. The disastrous appointment of Dr Josef Venglos at Aston Villa still haunted the nation’s chairmen.

Arsenal’s gamble paid off. Wenger won the double in his first full-season, and paved the way for a host of foreign managers to follow him in to the Premier League.

4) Aesthetic excellence
Wenger has produced some of the most attractive football the Premier League has ever seen. His title-winning team of 2003-04 played consistently sumptuous stuff, eating up the pitch with their quick stride and even quicker passing.

A club once known as “Boring Boring Arsenal” has become synonymous with attractive football. What’s more, Wenger managed to combine aesthetics with success. The Frenchman believes that beautiful football is the most obvious route to trophies.

He has said: “If I asked you who was the best team in the world you would say Brazil. And do they play good football? Yes. Which club won everything last year? Barcelona. Good football. I am not against being pragmatic, because it is pragmatic to make a good pass, not a bad one.”

Since Wenger’s arrival, the general standard of football in the league has improved as other clubs have sought to follow suit.

5) Embracing foreign players
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Arsene Wenger’s first Arsenal XI contained 10 British internationals. The only foreigner was a young French midfielder by the name of Patrick Vieira, who was making just his third Premier League start for the Gunners.

However, in 2005, Wenger became the first manager to name an entirely foreign squad for the match at home to Crystal Palace. That squad included six Frenchmen, three Spaniards, two Dutchmen, a German, an Ivorian, a Cameroonian, a Brazilian, and a Swiss.

Wenger has long abided by the mantra that talent matters far more than a passport. He realised early on that foreign players were cheaper than their foreign counterparts, and the success of the likes of Vieira changed perceptions about players from overseas throughout the league.

6) Making myopia a managerial necessity
Wenger’s post-match claim of “I did not see the incident” swiftly became something of a catchphrase. It enabled him to avoid discussion of any misdemeanor perpetrated by a member of his team.

However, it also tells you plenty about Wenger the man-manager. Although he may have admonished his players behind closed doors, he has always backed them publicly.

Such elliptical statements have become commonplace now, as managers are increasingly careful with their post-match words in order to avoid being charged with bringing the game in to disrepute.

7) Creating an invincible team
In the 2003-04 season, Wenger led his Arsenal team through the entire Premier League season unbeaten. They went on to go fully 49 games without losing: the longest unbeaten run in the history of top-flight English football.

It was an extraordinary feat, and one that is unlikely to be repeated in the Premier League era.

8) Bringing gallic flair to the press conference
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Arsene Wenger attends the press conference of Arsenal FC at the Veltins-Arena ahead of the UEFA Champions League group B match between FC Schalke 04 and Arsenal FC on November 5, 2012
 
Arsene Wenger’s press conferences are never less than entertaining. When he arrived in English football, he was the first manager with the wit and intelligence to take on Sir Alex Ferguson in his fabled “mind games”. Unlike Kevin Keegan, Wenger was able to handle the pressure, making headlines with a series of legendary soundbites. By way of example, Wenger once responded to Ferguson’s criticism of his team with the withering retort: “Everyone thinks he has the prettiest wife at home”.

9) Emphasis on youth
When Arsenal moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, it severely impinged upon their spending capacity. With that in mind, Wenger opted for a new policy based around youth.

His theory was simple enough: “The boy comes in at 16 or 17 and when they go out they have a supplement of soul, of love for the club, because they have been educated together. The people you meet at college from 16 to 20, often those are the relationships in life that keep going. That, I think, will give us strength that other clubs will not have.”

This was not in itself revolutionary. Sir Alex Ferguson had already experienced considerable success with his homegrown class of 92. Wenger’s innovation was to be prepared to scour the globe for the best young talent. He filled his academy with Spaniards, Frenchmen and Poles, producing the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Wojciech Szczesny. That model has since been replicated across English football - a visit to any modern Premier League academy will turn up a host of foreign talent.

10) Pre-empting FFP
Arsene Wenger had Arsenal operating under Financial Fair Play before FFP was even a twinkle in Michel Platini’s eye. He has always wanted the club to spend only the resources it was able to generate. That self-sufficient model has seen Arsenal struggle to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea. However, the incoming regulations should see Arsenal re-established as a financial powerhouse. Wenger’s long-term vision has once again been rewarded.
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