Former Arsenal star Liam Brady has praised Arsene Wenger as possibly the side’s greatest ever manager as the Frenchman celebrates 20-years at the club.
The midfielder, who made over 300 appearances for the Gunners from 1971 to 1980, believes Wenger will forever be an iconic figure in the club’s history, particularly for his first decade in charge of the side.
‘I think he will go down as one of the all-time great managers of the club, possibly the greatest,’ he told Omnisport.
‘I know [former manager] Herbert Chapman, in the history of Arsenal, is an iconic figure but Wenger, in his 20 years, particularly in his first 10, was magnificent.’
Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996 as a largely unknown coach but he quickly announced himself by transforming Arsenal into one of the Premier League’s best sides.
‘We were the only team to challenge Manchester United, who were really on top of their game and had probably the finances to outstrip any of the competition,’ Brady recalls.
‘So when Wenger came in, his buys in the transfer market, the likes of [Marc] Overmars, [Emmanuel] Petit, [Robert] Pires, [Patrick] Vieira in particular, made sure we competed with them. Not only did we compete, we won the league,’ he added.
The midfielder concluded that Wenger’s football has the added bonus of being attractive to watch.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are in action on Sunday when they travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor.
Kick-off is at 17:30.