The world's greatest ground? A photographic centenary celebration of Highbury
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41. From Japan via the Jumbotron
16 September 1996, and Highbury makes a new friend. Despite his team producing Arsenal's second-highest win percentage since the 1950s, Bruce Rioch had been sacked in a dispute over transfer funds. If that felt oddly trigger-fingered for the usually cautious club, they quickly replaced him with a man who would make the fans forget all about Rioch.
But first, Arsene Wenger – greeted by one tabloid with the headline "Arsene Who?" - had some contractual stuff to sort out in Japan, so he quickly elevated Highbury lifer Pat Rice from youth-team duties to assistant and caretaker, and addressed his new congregation via the big screens at Highbury.