Facts about Arsene Wenger, Arsenal legendary coach

Thu 03 December 2020 | 8:30

Arsene Wenger! Isn’t it a name to be remembered with honor and glory? Thinking about a legendary coach to present Arsenal, you will probably remember the one and only, Arsene Wenger

Being known and remembered as a revolutionary coach, Arsene Wenger is with no doubt the best coach the Gunners have ever wished for.

Arsene Wenger joined the club back in 1996 and finally left them in 2018. He experienced all you can imagine during the 22 years of his leadership at the club. Moments of happiness, honor, joy, frustration, excitement, fear, and everything. But no matter what, Wenger was the one to help the team shine as their best.

However, Arsenal is not all he’s got in his resume. There are many more interesting facts about Arsene Wenger and so in our today’s article, we are going to dig deep into his professional and family life. Join us to enjoy the awesome

facts about Arsene Wenger


Top facts about Arsene Wenger you probably didn’t know

Here is the first fact about the legendary Arsenal coach.

Arsene Wenger childhood

Commonly known as Arsene Wenger, Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger was born on 22 October 1949 in Strasbourg, Alsace.

His parents are named Alphonse and Louise Wenger. Arsene grew up along with his two older siblings in Duppigheim during the 1950s.

His parents were the owners of an automobile spare parts business and a bistro named La Croix d'Or.

It is interesting to know that the bistro and the violence of its customers were the reason for Wenger to get interested in psychology according to his book, My Life in Red and White.

Wenger first started to know football when he was so young as his dad was the one who managed the village team and so Wenger was introduced to football "at about the age of six".

Another interesting fact about

Arsene Wenger childhood

is that Wenger and the other village boys had to seek permission from the Catholic priest to miss vespers when they wanted to play football, as Alsace was a deeply religious region.

Arsene Wenger career

As we said, Wenger started playing football at the age of six. Here are the facts on 

Arsene Wenger career


Playing career

We have already mentioned that Wenger was first introduced to football by his father, who was the village team manager. Back in that time, he joined AS Mutzig as his first professional club, which was a third-tier team of French football.

Wenger mostly played for amateur clubs during his playing career. His first professional club as a player was AS Mutzig, which was the third tier of French football back in that time. In fact, while the team currently plays in the 7th tier in France, for 13 years between 1963 and 1976 they competed in the third tier.

He started kicking the ball for the club in 1969, and although he played an important role for the club, he had to wait long before turning professional.

One of the benefits Mutzig has had for Wenger, is his special relationship with Max Hild, the club’s manager, which was developed during his presence at Mutzig. Max Hild played a very important role in Wenger's career as he took him to every club he has managed later on.

You may ask why? Well in fact Wenger joined Mutzig when he was 20 years old and we all know that’s not the age to build a playing career reputation. That was the reason for Wenger to use his chance and increase his tactical knowledge of the sport. That was why Max Hilde who later became Wenger's mentor, got an important role in his life.

Hild played a very important role in helping Wenger become a coach as he frequently took him to Germany to watch


matches and observe the different managerial styles, while Wenger continued monitoring France Football.

In 1973 he joined Mulhouse where he spent the next 2 years under the management of Paul Frantz, who also played a very important role in his career. In fact, Wenger understood the importance of nutrition, isometrics, and working on a player's strong points, based on his advice.

Anyway, Frantz was resigned in late 1974, and soon after Wenger left the club to join Hild, signing for ASPV Strasbourg, which was another amateur club.

After three years at ASPV Strasbourg, Hild joined RC Strasbourg in 1978, as the reserve team coach, and as he had to scout from time to time, he needed an experienced player to work with the youth in his absence.

Wenger was chosen to fulfill the vacancy as both Hild and Frantz recommended him, convincing the manager, Gilbert Gress to give him the job. 

That was the end for Wenger’s playing career as he left the team in 1981, starting his coaching career three years later in 1984.

Managing career

Next on our

facts about Arsene Wenger

article, we want to talk about the legend’s managing career and see how he became such an idol.

  • Nancy

It is interesting to know that Wenger did not get much attention on his managerial skills when he first started coaching teams.

Arsene Wenger’s first managerial job was with AS Cannes, a Ligue 2 club, as the assistant manager in 1983.

One year later, he joined his second team, Nancy, where he became the head coach, thanks to Aldo Platini’s (father of Michel Platini) recommendation.

Just after one season of leading the team as the head coach, and at the end of the 1984–85 season, Wenger proved that he deserved the job by helping


finishing 12th in the league, three places higher than in the previous campaign.

  • Nagoya Grampus Eight

Wenger’s next coaching destination was in Japan! Unbelievable! Isn’t it?

After leaving Nancy, Wenger joined

Nagoya Grampus Eight

, which was a Japanese club, back in January 1995.

Interestingly he hired his friend, Boro Primorac, who was Valencienne's former manager, as his assistant. He later stood by his side when he started coaching Arsenal.

The French coach spent one year and a half with the Japanese side in which he won the national cup competition, and the Emperor’s Cup, in his first season and he received the J-League Manager of the Year award in 1995. The rest of his time with the team was also interesting, as they finished runners-up in the league.

It is also interesting to know that fell in love with rice, boiled veggies, and fish during his time in Japan.

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  • Arsenal

To talk about Arsene Wenger Arsenal's managing job, let’s first see how he joined the club.

Arsenal dismissed Bruce Rioch as the club manager in August 1996.

Stewart Houston and Pat Rice were appointed to coach the team temporarily while the club was in search of a full-time manager. One of the options to take over was the legendary


player and manager Johan Cruyff, but due to Dein's proposal to hire Wenger, it was him who was appointed as the Gunners' new coach.

Eventually, Wenger took over as the Arsenal manager on 1 October 1996.

In the period of only two years, the coach led


to a Premier League and FA Cup double. The club won another league and cup double in 2002 and retained the FA Cup a year later. No wonder why he is called legendary now! However, that’s not the end!

In 2004, Wenger managed Arsenal to an undefeated domestic league season, which was last accomplished by Preston North End, 115 years before that.

To set another record, Arsenal then broke Nottingham Forest's record of 42 league matches unbeaten as they went on to have 49 matches unbeaten. Unfortunately, the record was broken in October 2004, in their match against

Manchester United

. This match has also an interesting story, which we will talk about later on.

In 2006, the team made its first appearance in a Champions League final, although they were defeated against Barcelona. The next 9 years, were kind of a nightmare as the team almost didn’t win any trophies. However, Wenger was not the one to give up, and eventually, he led the team to more FA Cup success in 2014, 2015, and 2017, before leaving Arsenal in 2018.

Arsene Wenger Economics

You may think that Wenger has definitely studied in the sports field or at least something related! But you are wrong.

Here, as the next on our list of facts about Arsene Wenger, you will find out that the legendary coach has studied something completely different!

In fact, back in 1971, Arsene started studying politics and economics at the Faculté des sciences économiques et de Gestion (Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences) at the University of Strasbourg, after a short stint in medicine.

He joined the semi-professional Mulhouse club in 1973 and balanced his two professions. A year later, Wenger earned his economics degree.

He also trained and received his coaching badge at the Centre de Ressources, d’expertise et de performance sportives (CREPS) in Strasbourg.

Wonder what is next on our list of facts about Arsene Wenger? Let’s keep on then.

Arsene Wenger knows six languages

One of the most important facts about Arsene Wenger is his knowledge of languages. It might be interesting for you to know that Wenger is capable of speaking six different languages – French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. He really deserves the nickname of “The Professor”! Doesn’t he?

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Arsene Wenger nicknames

Now that we’ve pointed out some of Arsene Wenger nicknames, it’s time to take a closer look at them as our next fact about Arsene Wenger.

It is interesting to know that Wenger had many nicknames during his career. ‘Petit’ was the name that his football buddies gave him in his teenage years, as he was short back in that time.

He also was called ‘Voyeur’, by Jose Mourinho, Inspector Clouseau which was a fictional character from the Pink Panther series, by Ray Parlour, and as we have mentioned before, “Le Professeur” by fans and the British media. Besides, Robbie Savage calls him the “grandfather” of the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger wife and love life

You wonder who is

Arsene Wenger wife

? Well, he is not married anymore. In fact, he was married to married to former basketball player Annie Brosterhous, whom she met first in the mid-1990s. The couple later got married in 2010, but couldn’t continue their marriage and had to split up in 2015.

Asking about

Arsene Wenger children

, you must know that Wenger has a daughter with Annie Brosterhous, who is named Léa.

Is that all about Arsene Wenger children? Well, no! Wenger had two stepchildren when he was married to Annie, as she was previously married to French basketball star George Brosterhous, having two children before getting involved with Wenger.

Arsene Wenger books

Did you know that Arsene Wenger is not only a coach but also an author?

Wonder what are

Arsene Wenger books

? Ok. Here’s the answer. Back in 1997, Wenger wrote his first book, which in English is translated into “The Spirit of Conquest”. The book is about Japanese football and its philosophies and values. Wenger uses this book to tell his own story and charts his extraordinary career, including his rise in France and Japan.

Arsene Wenger Net worth

In the case of

Arsene Wenger net worth

, you should know that his net worth is estimated to be $48million in 2020. The Arsenal legendary coach who managed the team for most of his career earned £8,000,000 per year as of 2018.

The history of Arsene Wenger net worth is something we think worth mentioning.

In fact, back in 1996, when Wenger joined Arsenal, his salary was set to be approximately $658,000. However, his improving path changed everything, with him leaving Arsenal with $11 Million per year.

Arsene Wenger endorsements

Now that we know about

Arsene Wenger salary

and net worth, it’s time to take a look at his endorsements.

It has been said that Wenger is a brand ambassador for Nike, Fly Emirates, the motor oil conglomerate Castrol.

It also has to be mentioned that in the past, Wenger had deals with Lexus, Jaguars, and Mercedes.

Arsene Wenger Instagram

Though Arsene Wenger seems to have an active social life, he is not active on social platforms. For instance, there is a bunch of

Arsene Wenger Instagram

accounts, though none of them is official!

Other interesting facts about Arsene Wenger

You have to know that there are many more interesting

facts about Arsene Wenger

. Here we are going to take a quick look at them.

Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson, & the ”Pizzagate”

You may have heard the name ”Pizzagate” before and you might also know about Wenger and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson rivalry.

Ok, let’s talk about the story then. “Pizzagate” incident happened back in October 2004.

Back in that year, Arsenal’s 49 games unbeaten Premier League run was over after Manchester United

Wayne Rooney

and Ruud van Nistelrooy’s goals.

Being angry because of the result, a member of the Arsenal squad threw a pizza at their rivals in the tunnel.

However, later the two coaches decided to try to get along more as things were getting more complicated!

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Arsene Wenger Asteroid!

Isn’t it fabulous to have an asteroid named after you?!!!

33179 Arsènewenger is the name of the main-belt asteroid, named after Arsenal's legendary coach, making him even more legendary! The asteroid was discovered back in 1998, by Ian P. Griffin.

 Griffin was a fan of Arsenal Football Club and that’s why instead of naming the asteroid after his name, he named it after Arsene Wenger! That’s what we call a real fan! Don’t you agree?

This is believed to be the only asteroid named after a football manager.

Arsene Wenger quotes

Like many otherwise and great people, Arsene Wenger has influenced our lives, with his brilliant Quotes. Here we have collected a number of them for you.

On life:

“I cannot classify the moments of happiness and of sadness, but every defeat is a scar in your heart that you never forget.”

“I don’t look at the passport of people; I look at their quality and their attitude.”

“We do not buy superstars. We make them.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The only moment of possible happiness is the present. The past gives regrets. And future uncertainties.”

“Don’t be scared to be ambitious. It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail. For me, the real humiliation is to have a target and not to give everything to reach it.”

“If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.”

On football:

“Football is an art, like dancing is an art – but only when it’s well done does it become an art.”

“At some clubs success is accidental. At Arsenal, it is compulsory.”

“I believe in work, in connections between the players, I think what makes football great is that it is a team sport. You can win in different ways, by being more of a team, or by having better individual players. It is the team ethic that interests me, always.”

“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.”

“A manager is a guide. He takes a group of people and says, ‘With you I can make us a success; I can show you the way.”

“I believe [team spirit] is a little bit like a flower. You have to take care of it and look after it every day, or else it will slowly die. But as well, you can make the flower bigger, better, and prettier if you care for it.”

“A football team is like a beautiful woman, when you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”

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facts about Arsene Wenger

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