The Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. The club has won 13 league titles (including one unbeaten title), a record 14 FA Cups, two League Cups, 16 FA Community Shields, the League Centenary Trophy, one European Cup Winners' Cup, and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
When Houston left Arsenal to eventually become the Queens Park Rangers manager, his position was taken up by Pat Rice. Frenchman Arsène Wenger, in the meantime, agreed a deal with the Arsenal board to become the club's next manager. His appointment was confirmed in September 1996, after receiving an early release from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight. Hill-Wood was highly optimistic of Wenger, in spite of the track record that came with previous non-British managers in the Premier League:
It all means Wenger had taken charge of more games and recorded more victories (and indeed more draws and defeats) than any other Arsenal manager. He has also led the team to more major trophies
Still, Arsenal’s record in the 101 games since Wenger’s departure perhaps shows they were far too quick to send the club legend packing.
Even if Arsenal were no longer winning major trophies on a regular basis, they at least remained competitive in the race for the top four, and could be relied on to play entertaining football.
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