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Arsenal: ‘Arsene Who?’ and what else they said of the man who came from nowhere to take over at Highbury

by | 1st, October 2013

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ARSENE Wenger marked 17 years as Arsenal manager with a Champions’ League win over Napoli.  When he arrived at Highbury in in 1996 a few eyebrows were raised and nails bitten at the man from Japan:

Nick Hornby:

“I remember when Bruce Rioch was sacked, one of the papers had three or four names. It was Terry Venables, Johan Cruyff and then, at the end, Arsène Wenger. I remember thinking as a fan, I bet it’s fu*king Arsène Wenger, because I haven’t heard of him and I’ve heard of the other two. Trust Arsenal to appoint the boring one that you haven’t heard of.”

The Evening Standard created the headline: “Arsène Who?”

Tony Adams was the Arsenal captain:

“At first, I thought, what does this Frenchman know about football? He wears glasses and looks more like a schoolteacher. He’s not going to be as good as George Graham. Does he even speak English properly?”

Lee Dixon recalls that first meeting:

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