Arsène Wenger was in expansive mood with the media on Friday as he discussed his 20 years in charge of Arsenal. He arrived at the club as a relative unknown and started work on October 1, 1996. But what the reaction like to him? He reveals all below: on the club taking a gamble… It was a big gamble because I was one of the first foreign managers who came to England. I think before me you had Venglos, who had not worked out at Aston Villa. So there was a belief that a foreign manager could not work in England. So at that time I would never have imagined 20 years later I would still be here. on the reaction in England… There was a resistance,of course. There was a belief that a foreign manager could never win a championship in England. on whether there was any inside the club…
Wenger on his 20 years in charge
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Maybe from some players, but I can understand that. When I arrived here Arsenal was a very traditional club. When I first came here on January 1st, 1989, the women were still in different rooms to the men. The wives of the directors were in a separate room. That was really a traditional club. To be brave like they were to take a foreign manager who was unknown on top of that, was of course a massive gamble. It made it hard because the scepticism was higher. You had to convince people that you know what you talk about. And I still have to do the same today. on whether he has changed English football… I don’t know. I was happy to have an opportunity to show I could do well in England and after that you stick to your ideas and if it works or doesn’t work you accept that. I think it’s always good to have a mixture between local people and foreign people because it brings new ideas. on whether he wants to go out on a high……