The debate around the GOAT in any sport is always a moshpit of differing opinions.
As far as football managers are concerned, the same names tend to be thrown into the discussion. Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp, Brian Clough and most certainly Arsène Wenger. The latter is almost as big as the Arsenal Football club itself, yet his legacy is somewhat disrespected by the modern football fan.
An evening or so ago sitting around the table with some fans the conversation came up, and after passionately making the case for Arsène being the greatest manager to ever coach the game I knew I had one mission, to ensure this argument was heard.
5 reasons why Arsène Wenger is the greatest manager of all time
He’s my case.
1. Eye for talent
I shall start from the beginning. When Arsène first arrived from Japan his footballing ideology was relatively unknown and Gooners did not know what to expect in the post-Bruce Rioch era.
Although Arsène’s success at Arsenal was not immediate, one thing stood out very quickly. The Frenchman had an uncanny ability for wonderful footballers. As he signed with the club, he was joined by Patrick Vieira and shortly thereafter Wenger brought in Nicolas Anelka as the heir to Ian Wright’s striker position. Anelka was then replaced by the greatest Premier League player of all time, Thierry Henry.
The names that Wenger was able to bring in could go on forever from Sol Campbell to Ashely Cole all the way to Mesut Ozil. It is undeniable that Wenger had the best eye for talent in world football. This is also true for the players that the former Arsenal manager wanted but did not sign such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Yaya Toure and N’Golo Kante.
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