The statue will be unveiled digitally at first, allowing Gunners fans from across the globe to catch of glimpse of it online from the comfort of their own homes.
How significant was Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal?
Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 – when he arrived in North London, critics were sceptical about his ability to lead the club forward. Previously, the Gunners had been characterised as a route one, no-nonsense outfit – but the arrival of Wenger would change all this.
He implement a patient, low-tempo passing style of play that was common in both France and Spain at the time, but was practically unheard of in England.
The new system proved to be a roaring success – Arsenal routinely bamboozled opponents with their intricate passing moves and freedom to express themselves creatively on the pitch.
While at Arsenal, Wenger won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, seven Community Shields and he also led the Gunners to a Champions League final in 2006, where they were defeated by Barcelona (despite leading for most of the game).
He is widely considered the greatest Arsenal manager of all time. He most celebrated success, however, came in 2003/04 when he masterminded the ‘Invincibles’ season – immortalising his greatness and propelling several Arsenal players to superstardom.
How important was Arsene Wenger to the success of the Invincibles season?
Simply put – without the guidance of Wenger, the Invincibles season of 2003/04 likely would not have happened – at least, not to the same level of success.
Wenger’s Arsenal was consistently criticised for its defensive frailties – but with colossi such as Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure and Patrick Vieira in the team, the Gunners’ more creative players were free to implement the Frenchman’s plan and philosophies uninterrupted.
As is widely documented, Arsenal completed the entire season without having a single defeat being inflicted upon them. They comfortably finished top of the Premier League table that year, beating out second-placed Chelsea by an 11-point margin.