Happy 60th birthday, Mr Arsenal Wenger

Happy 60th birthday, Mr Arsenal Wenger

Happy birthday, Arsene! Our glorious leader celebrates his 60th today and this morning’s Daily Mail carries a piece summing up his achievments at the Arsenal.
One passage reads: ‘Wenger’s legacy at the Emirates Stadium is already secure, with a bronze bust of the Frenchman now in pride of place alongside fellow Arsenal legend Herbert Chapman at the impressive 60,000-seater stadium, into which he had so much influence.
Indeed a fitting venue for his unique brand of passing football, which has written its own chapter in footballing folklore.
‘The highest point was to play a whole season unbeaten. No matter how much money anybody else has invested, nobody else has done that,’ reflected Wenger, who has made a habit out of moulding world-class stars rather than simply just buying them during his 13 seasons at the helm.
It is, though, the way Wenger has become an integral part of the Arsenal psyche which is the most fitting tribute to his service.
‘Arsene is someone who is intrinsically entwined in the club,’ said chief executive Ivan Gazidis. ‘It is difficult to imagine Arsenal without him now. He has redefined the way Arsenal thinks about itself.’
That, if nothing else, should be worth all Gunners fans raising a glass on his birthday.’
Elsewhere, Robin vab Persie has warned his Arsenal team-mates to avoid the mistakes of 12 months ago when their titles hopes crumbled, reports this morning’s Sun.
Autumn defeats to Hull, Stoke and Aston Villa saw the club’s Premier League challenge start to fall off the rails, says the paper
And Dutch strike star Van Persie admits it is vital Arsenal beat lower-placed sides – starting with West Ham on Sunday – if they are to stay within sight of leaders Manchester United.
Wenger’s side let AZ Alkmaar grab a last-gasp leveller in the Champions League on Tuesday.
But Van Persie, 26, said: “We’re very encouraged by some of the other league results because when you look at last weekend, Liverpool and Chelsea lost. We’ve played eight games now and won six.
“It’s looking good for us as long as we stay consistent against the smaller teams. We need to keep getting three points against them.
“Last season, we lost some games we should have won and we later had five back-to-back draws. We have to avoid that. Time will show how well we will do.”
Van Persie adds in this morning’s Mirror: “It’s not a bad result, to draw away in the Champions League. We wanted to win, and we should have won. But I’m satisfied, definitely with the way we played, and with the result.”
Arsenal defender Gael Clichy admits the Gunners will have to be at their best to beat West Ham despite Gianfranco Zola enduring a poor run.
Clichy added: “They are not doing too well but West Ham away is always difficult. They have good players with a good manager and always like to play football. We are doing quite well but have to be careful as it’s a derby. We have to be 100 per cent.”

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