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What were the back pages saying the day Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal?

The Gunners icon announced he was finally leaving after nearly 22 years in charge

Arsene Wenger has today announced he will step down from Arsenal in the summer.

And frankly we’re all a bit emotional.


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Wenger’s 22-year tenure had it’s ups and downs but his impact on English football cannot be underestimated.

To put that into some context, that’s a longer tenure than the rest of the other 19 Premier League managers combined.

Remarkable.

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So to commemorate a seminal day, we’ve managed to dig up the press coverage from 1996 surrounding Wenger’s unveiling.

Wenger’s appointment was famously drawn out, with a full two weeks passing between the announcement and his first appearance in the Gunners dug out.

Here are a few extracts:

1 September 17th 1996 – ‘Wengerless Wonders’

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September 17th 1996 – ‘Ton of a Gunn’

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3 23rd September 1996 – Guns ‘N Roses

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4 24th September 1996 – ‘Play as I say or you lot will be Gonners’

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Do you remember what you were doing in 1996?


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