The best managers of Arsenal

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Being a manager is probably the most difficult task in football. Multiple facets need to be handled when you are the manager of a football club.

The primary duty is to get results. If a manager fails to bring that to the table more often than not, they will get the sack.

But bringing results is not the only duty. Managers at top-tier football clubs must manage funds, nurture academy talents, and communicate with a variety of stakeholders.

On-field is what makes them coach and off the field is what makes them managers!

And the greatest of managers, the best of the best instill a culture within the club that resonates even after the managers are long gone.

The best managers revolutionize the club from within and successfully implant a distinct identity for the club. A blueprint for the club to follow that will keep unlocking the successes for them.

Alex Ferguson with United, Pep Guardiola with Barcelona, and Arsene Wenger with Arsenal are some of the examples of generational managers who instilled a blueprint for the club.

A way of playing football perhaps.

Speaking of Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta is doing a wonderful job with the gunners. And after the win against Watford, Arsenal is back in the top 4 and they are playing some sensational bit of football.

If they can continue their run of form, Arsenal has all the chances to Finnish in the top 4 and play Champions League football for the first time after 5 years.

Mikel Arteta has done a splendid job so far, but if he wants to get himself into the history books of Arsenal as a manager, there are some great names he needs to match!

Here is a list of the greatest Arsenal Managers of all time. (No prizes for guessing who will be first on the list!)

4] George Allison (1934-1947)

George Allison, a man of many skills, was a well-known journalist before venturing into football.

It was unusual back then, as it is now, for a manager to take over a major English team without first having a distinguished playing career. Allison’s strength of character, on the other hand, was sufficient to get him the job despite his lack of experience.

He was appointed immediately after the unexpected death of club legend Herbert Chapman.

He won the first division title twice, and then in 1935-36, Allison won the FA Cup. He stayed in charge, for a further ten years but that FA Cup triumph was his last as manager. He retired in 1947 and never took another job.

3] Herbert Chapman (1925-1934)

Herbert Chapman was Arsenal’s first manager to win a major trophy. In 1930, he led his team to the FA Cup. Arsenal defeated Huddersfield 2-0 in the Wembley Cup Final. Chapman then led Arsenal to the league triumph the following season.

Chapman’s team was well-known for their exceptional brand of direct attacking football. Arsenal scored 127 goals in 1930-31. The following season, they finished second, but returned to the top of the table in 1932-33, winning the league once more.

2] George Graham (1986-1995)

George Graham guided Arsenal to their first title in 18 years in 1989, when they won the league with almost the last kick of the season at Anfield.

He led them back to the top spot in 1991, losing just one game all season, before becoming the first manager to win both the FA Cup and the League Cup in 1993.

Graham was fired in disgrace following disclosures that he took an unlawful payment connected to a player transfer following European triumph in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup.

1] Arsene Wenger (1996-2018)

This gentleman will require no introduction. Between 1996 and 2018, Arsene Wenger was in charge of 1235 Arsenal games, winning 57% of them.

He oversaw more than twice as many games as the next longest-serving Arsenal manager. His win percentage remains the highest and so does his tally of trophies – by some distance, in fact.

Wenger won 17 trophies in total, including three Premier League titles between 1998 and 2004. He barely missed out on a European title in 2006, losing in the Champions League Final.

Arsenal’s unbeaten season in 2003-04 was the crowning achievement. It was a feat that will permanently cement Wenger’s place in English football history.