It took Arsene Wenger exactly 19 months to win his first trophy for the Arsenal fans.
On 3 May 1998, Arsenal won their 10th league match in a row as they beat Everton, the match that clinched the Premier League title.
Then 13 days later Arsene Wenger won his second trophy for the Arsenal fans, beating Newcastle (photo above is of Newcastle and Arsenal fans on Wembley way that day) to record the double and his first FA Cup win.
Today’s (Sunday 23 April 2017) semi-final win over Manchester City means that the Gunners go to play Chelsea next month in the FA Cup final.
Victory in that game at Wembley would mean Arsene Wenger had won the FA Cup seven times for the Arsenal fans, with only two clubs having won the premier domestic cup competition more in their entire history (see the full list of clubs below who have won the FA Cup more than once).
A win would also mean three FA Cup trophies in these last four years the Arsenal fans have seen.
Just let that all sink in…Arsenal fans would have seen their club win the FA Cup three times in four years and they are running a campaign full of hatred to get rid of him, ridiculing Arsene Wenger.
No wonder supporters of every other club are treating them with contempt. Their sense of entitlement is breathtaking.
In 20 years at the club, Arsene Wenger has delivered three Premier League titles, six Charity Shields and six FA Cup victories.
In addition they got to the Champions League final and the last 19 seasons have seen Champions League football every single year.
Yet, once again, the Arsenal fans are treating him like a failure.
Arsene Wenger has built Arsenal, almost single-handedly, to what they are now – his eye for talent has seen a parade of top notch players recruited plus year after year he brings players through from inside the club. All of this has financed their magnificent modern stadium, so necessary to replace Highbury which could never have supported the size of the club we see now.
Yet still the Arsenal fans abuse Arsene Wenger mercilessly.
Wouldn’t it be class if Arsene Wenger wins the FA Cup next month and they go on a late run to get Champions League qualification, only for the Arsenal boss to put a big two fingers up to the so-called Arsenal fans who are so desperate to get rid of him….then his replacement to come in and the team to bomb instantly next season, finish a ‘disastrous’ seventh and exit all cup competitions at the earliest opportunity.
Only then would some Arsenal fans eventually realise just what a disgrace they are, abusing a Manager in Arsene Wenger who has given them so much.
Imagine if when Newcastle faced Arsenal in that 1998 FA Cup final, we had had a manager who would go on to do all the above in the intervening period…???
We’d all be worshipping at his statue outside St James Park, not campaigning for his departure.
Arsene Wenger trophies at Arsenal so far:
FA Premier League (3): 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
FA Cup (6): 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2014–15
FA Community Shield (6): 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015
Clubs who have won most FA Cups:
Arsenal – 12
Manchester United – 12
Tottenham Hotspur – 8
Aston Villa – 7
Chelsea – 7
Liverpool – 7
Blackburn Rovers – 6
Everton – 5
Manchester City – 5
Wanderers – 5
West Bromwich Albion – 5
Bolton Wanderers – 4
Sheffield United – 4
Wolverhampton Wanderers – 4
Sheffield Wednesday – 3
West Ham United – 3
Bury – 2
Nottingham Forest – 2
Old Etonians – 2
Preston North End – 2
Portsmouth – 2
Sunderland – 2
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