After an astonishing 22 years at the helm, taking the club from Highbury to The Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger is stepping down as Arsenal manager this month. Wenger, who lifted the Premier League title on three occasions and has won the FA Cup an unprecedented seven times, also nurtured several players some who have stepped into management and holding their own. Here are the very top
- Patrick Vieira
“Let’s say that, one day, it could interest me, but one day,” Patrick Vieira once said of the Arsenal job. However, it’s clear that the former France midfielder would certainly relish the opportunity to coach the club he once captained. Vieira was given his first taste of management with Manchester City’s reserves after being snubbed by Wenger for a coaching role at Arsenal, while he has been in charge at New York City FC since 2016.
2. Thierry Henry
Perhaps the most glamorous name on the list, Henry terrorized defenders with his dribbling skills as scored all sorts of goals in a career spanning eight years (1999-2007). Henry, who is currently Roberto Martinez’s assistant coach with the Belgium national team, is the club’s all-time goal scorer with 228 goals in 377 appearances, his exploits earning him the rare honour of having a statue outside the Emirates Stadium.
3. Remi Garde
A useful player in the early years of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Remi Garde actually joined the club on the same day as Patrick Vieira, although he was mainly used as a backup to his compatriot. Picked up medals for the double in 1997-98. Garde had an unsuccessful spell in charge of Aston Villa, lasting just five months in the hot seat. He has been in charge of MLS side Montreal Impact since last year.
4. Mikel Arteta
An outside bet to become next Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta hung up his boots in 2016 to become assistant manager at Manchester City. Working alongside Pep Guardiola has clearly paid dividends for the studious Spaniard, who is consulted on all team matters, including tactics, by the ex-Barcelona boss. Arteta played under Wenger for five years between 2011 and 2016, captaining the club in the process, before he retired.
5. Tony Adams
Arsenal’s ‘double double’-winning captain was seen by many at the club as a future Gunners boss. He played his whole career at Highbury, a club legend through and through. However, his coaching career proved far less of a success; he lasted just a year in his first role at Wycombe Wanderers, getting the club relegated in the process. A spell in charge at Portsmouth spanned 16 games from which they picked up only 10 points, before an 18-month tenure at Azerbaijani club Gabala FC.