Arsene Wenger is a famous French football manager and former international football player. He was the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, where he was the longest-serving and most successful in club history. He was born on 22nd October 1949 in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. He is currently 68 years old.
He is the youngest child in a family of three children. His father’s name is Alphonse Wenger while his mother’s name is Louise Wenger. He lived in Duppigheim during the 1950s, but spent most of his time in the neighboring village of Duttlenheim, ten miles south-west of Strasbourg in France.
His family own an automobile spare parts business and a bistro titled La croix d’or. Before Wenger started school, he expressed himself in the local Alsatian dialect of Low Alemannic German. The primary school in which Arsene Wenger attended was run by the Catholic Church, and as one of its brightest students, he later was accepted into a secondary school in Obernai.
Arsene Wenger was introduced to football at about the age of 6 years old by his father. He was taken to games in Germany, where he held affection for Borussia Monchengladbach. Alsace was an area steeped in religion, so Arsene Wenger and the village boys often needed to seek permission from the Catholic priest to miss vespers in order to allow them play football in the neighborhood.
In 1975, Arsene Wenger graduated from University of Strasbourg in France. He was married to Annie Brosterhous and the marriage is blessed with a daughter named Lea Wenger. Arsene Wenger has been awarded as BBC Sport Personality of the Year Coach Award. Arsene Wenger’s contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players’ training and diet regimens revitalized Arsenal and aided the globalization of the sport in the 21st century.
However, amidst his contribution to the success of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has been heavily criticized by football critics for his inability to win a trophy since his reign as Arsenal manager. However, some believe that he is only in Arsenal for business venture, whereby he buy low key players at a low amount, train them to stardom and sell them off to another club for bigger amount.
Arsene Wenger was introduced to football by his father, the manager of the local village team. After a modest playing career, in which he made appearances for several amateur clubs, Arsene Wenger obtained a manager’s diploma in 1981. Following an unsuccessful period at Nancy which culminated in his dismissal in 1987, Arsene Wenger joined AS Monaco, and with his leadership, the club won the league championship in 1988.
In 1991, Arsene Wenger guided AS Monaco to victory in the Coupe de France, but their failure to regain the league title in later seasons led to his departure from the club by mutual consent in 1994. He briefly coached J. League side “Nagoya Grampus Eight” and won the Emperor’s Cup and Japanese Super Cup during his stay in Japan.
In 1996, Arsene Wenger was named manager of Arsenal and two years later, he led the club to a league and FA Cup double. The club won another league and cup double in 2002 and retained the FA Cup a year later. In 2004, Arsene Wenger managed Arsenal to an undefeated league season.
After a period of almost nine years without a trophy, which coincided with the club relocating to the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger guided Arsenal to further FA Cup success in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Arsene Wenger approach to the game of football emphasizes an attacking mentality, with the aim that football ought to be entertaining on the pitch.
However, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team players have been criticized for their indiscipline action on the pitch. His players received 100 red cards between September 1996 and February 2014. At AS Monaco, Arsene Wenger earned a reputation for spotting young talent, and he has remained focused on developing a youth system.
Arsene Wenger was married to former basketball player Annie Brosterhous, with whom he has one daughter, named Léa, who was born in 1997. Arsene Wenger currently lives in Totteridge, London, United Kingdom. Arsene Wenger and his wife Brosterhous separated in 2015. He spends his leisure time predominantly studying football matches, stating that he watches football games almost every day and also has an interest in politics.
From 2004 to 2014, he acted as a football consultant for French television station TF1, and has worked for beLN Sports since 2016. Arsene Wenger is currently a world brand ambassador for FIFA World Cup sponsor Castrol.
As part of the arrangement, he has conducted several training camps for international youth teams worldwide to provide input to the Castrol Performance Index, FIFA’s official rating system.
Arsene Wenger is a Roman Catholic, and he attributes his outlook and values to his religious upbringing. He grew up speaking French and German, and has since learnt English, Italian, and Spanish. He also knows some Japanese.
In 2010, Arsene Wenger appealed for privacy after a British newspaper alleged he had an affair with a French singer. Arsene Wenger said in a statement that he wished to deal with the matter privately. In May 2018, Arsene Wenger retired as Arsenal manager after 22 years of his leadership in the club. He was given a standing ovation in the Emirate Stadium during his final match.
Arsene Wenger is currently one of the richest and most influential football manager in the world with an estimated net worth of $90 million.