Where EVERY current Premier League manager was upon Arsene Wenger's arrival in 1996

Eddie Howe

Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal began, some statisticians say, a bloody long time ago. October 1, 1996, in fact. When Wenger left Japan’s Nagoya Grampus Eight to start at Highbury, John Major was Prime Minister, Wannabe was in the Top 10 and Peter Shilton was still playing league football.

This summer, after nearly 22 years of breathtaking highs (two Double-winning teams, the Invincibles, a Champions League final) and fan-enraging lows (everything that’s happened since then, outside of the FA Cup), Wenger hangs up his shoplifters’ trenchcoat to let somebody else have a go at managing Arsenal.

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Huw was on the FourFourTwo staff from 2009 to 2015, ultimately as the magazine's Managing Editor, before becoming a freelancer and moving to Wales. As a writer, editor and tragic statto, he still contributes regularly to FFT in print and online, though as a match-going #WalesAway fan, he left a small chunk of his brain on one of many bus journeys across France in 2016.