Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger OBE is a former French football manager and player who is now FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development. He was the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal history, serving from 1996 to 2018.
His contributions to English football, including changes to scouting, player training, and diet regimens, revitalized Arsenal and aided the sport’s globalization in the twenty-first century.
Wenger was appointed manager of Arsenal in 1996, and his appointment was met with skepticism from both the English media and his players. In 1998, he became the first foreign manager to win both the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Wenger led Arsenal to another league and cup double in 2002, and his third league title in 2004, when he led his team to an undefeated domestic league season – something only Preston North End had done in English football 115 years before.