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The Frenchman is the longest-serving Gunners manager

The wins that define Arsene Wenger's legacy

The Frenchman is the longest-serving Gunners manager

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The Frenchman marked 17 years at the helm of the Gunners with a victory against Napoli and Goal Singapore recalls five of his most memorable triumphs

Arsenal manager celebrated 17 years in charge of the Gunners in style on Tuesday when star signing Mesut Ozil led them to a swashbuckling 2-0 win over Napoli in their second Champions League Group F game. That saw them rise to the top of the table after an opening win against Marseille, and also made it 10 wins in a row in all competitions.

There have been many other memorable triumphs under the Frenchman's reign, and Goal Singapore takes a look at five of his best victories.

5. Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal
March 14, 1998

Wenger bagged his first Premier League title in only his second season at the club, having finished third in his debut campaign. This victory at Old Trafford was crucial in their triumph, as flying winger Marc Overmars poked the ball past Peter Schmeichel in the 79th minute to seal a 1-0 success. The Gunners gained momentum and belief, and eventually made up what was once a 12-point deficit from United to clinch the title with two games left. Overmars continued to enjoy a dream maiden year at Arsenal with the opening goal in the FA Cup final against Newcastle later in May to help them to a 2-0 win and a Double.


4. Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal
May 8, 2002

Another 1-0 win, again at Old Trafford, only this time it was four years and two months later. Oh, and it was the title decider too. Having won the FA Cup four days earlier after beating Chelsea 2-0, Wenger led his men to the defending champions in their penultimate match, knowing a victory would seal the league. Sylvain Wiltord tapped home the rebound after Fredrik Ljungberg's shot was saved to send the Gunners wild at the final whistle. The title triumph made it Wenger's second Double.


3. Reading 5-7 Arsenal (a.e.t)
October 30, 2012

When Noel Hunt's header put Reading 4-0 up against Arsenal in this League Cup tie after 35 minutes, nobody could have possibly envisaged what would come next. Theo Walcott's goal on the brink of half-time gave the Gunners hope, but it was still a tall task to overturn the deficit. Wenger's team talk at the break must have worked a treat though as his men stormed back to level the tie at 4-4, with Walcott hitting the equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time. They went ahead in extra time through Marouane Chamakh but remarkably, Pavel Pogrebnyak made it 5-5 before Walcott's hat-trick goal and a second for Chamakh finally ended Reading's resistance. The incredible comeback marked the first time Arsenal came back from three goals down for the first time in their history and also booked a quarter-final spot for the 10th season running.


2. Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur
February 26, 2012

Possibly nothing can beat the feeling of putting one over your bitterest rivals, especially if you come back from two goals down to thrash them. Arsenal supporters must have feared the worst when Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham 2-0 up within 34 minutes, but Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie got Wenger's side back on level terms before the break. Looking to recover from a 4-0 thumping by AC Milan in the Champions League and a 2-0 loss to Sunderland in the FA Cup, the Gunners hit their stride in the second half as Tomas Rosicky put them ahead six minutes after the restart. Theo Walcott then struck two goals in four minutes to ensure Spurs failed in their attempt to record back-to-back league victories at the Emirates in a memorable north London derby.


1. AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal
March 4, 2008

Wenger achieved one of his finest results in European football to date when they became the first English side to triumph in the San Siro. AC Milan had avoided defeat on 12 previous occasions against English opposition but this time, they fell to a 2-0 defeat in the second leg of their Champions League knockout round tie. Cesc Fabregas struck a glorious 30-yard effort in the 84th minute to put the Gunners ahead on aggregate after a goal-less first leg, before running over to hug his manager in delight. Emmanuel Adebayor's injury-time tap in then sealed a quarter-final spot. It was a famous victory for Arsenal, following on from a 5-1 rout of Inter Milan five years earlier at the same venue.

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