Arsenal honour 'wonderful' manager Arsene Wenger with a crystal vase for his 20th anniversary as reporters receive pens to mark the occasion

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    Arsenal honour 'wonderful' manager Arsene Wenger with a crystal vase for his 20th anniversary as reporters receive pens to mark the occasion

    Saturday officially marks 20 years since Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal Frenchman describes his relationship with the club as a 'love story' However, Wenger fails to rule out becoming England manager one day The Gunners face Burnley a

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Saturday officially marks 20 years since Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal Frenchman describes his relationship with the club as a 'love story' However, Wenger fails to rule out becoming England manager one day The Gunners face Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday in the Premier League

It was gifts galore at London Colney as Arsene Wenger celebrated two decades in charge of Arsenal.

The Frenchman quipped to journalists assembled at his weekly press conference, ‘Write nice things about the club,’ as he handed out silver pens to the assembled reporters.

The Gunners boss, who officially took charge on October 1 1996, was presented with a crystal vase by club Chairman Sir Chips Keswick to commemorate his impressive landmark.

 

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left) with club chairman Sir Chips Keswick on Friday

This is a very small thank you for 20 years of wonderful association to Arsenal football club and it is a present from the board and everyone on and off the pitch,' Sir Chips Keswick told the Frenchman.

The passion for the club was evident from Wenger as he reflected on the past two decades and thanked the club for their belief in his work.

'It's a great honour, 20 years. It shows total commitment from the club and faith in me through good times and less good times, it is a great privilege especially in my job to last such a long time. It is a great honour,’ said Wenger.


'Certainly my resilience and passion and certainly the faith of the board to keep by me, to stand by me.

'This club is brave and that's one of the values of the club that we have shown through the years. It is always the quality that came out through good and bad moments. We always fight together.’

The Gunners face Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday in the Premier League and Wenger still possesses the same burning ambition as of October 1996.


ere is the pen that reporters were given at Wenger's press conference at London Colney

The pens had the club's crest embossed onto them and came in this gift box
 

The pens had the club's crest embossed onto them and came in this gift box

The 66-year-old cracks a smile when he is presented with the vase on Friday by the club
 

The 66-year-old cracks a smile when he is presented with the vase on Friday by the club

'At the moment, in recent games, we have combined style and efficiency. We want to continue that. We want to give pleasure to fans.'

'I want to win absolutely everything and play the perfect game every game. That's my dream. I want fans to enjoy what they see.’

With Sean Dyche's side on the horizon, Wenger was quick to move on from reminiscing.

Wenger arrived when the Premier League back in 1996 and enjoyed immediate success
 

Wenger arrived when the Premier League back in 1996 and enjoyed immediate success

Wenger, on the Arsenal bench in October 1996, has been in charge at the Gunners ever since
 

Wenger, on the Arsenal bench in October 1996, has been in charge at the Gunners ever since

'I think it is a privilege for me but I do not look back,' he said when asked for his favourite memory of the last 20 years.

'Maybe what people will keep is the Invincible year (2003-04), but for me the job of a manager is to do the maximum with what you have available and that is what I try to do.

'After is like a marathon, you do one step after another and when you look back you have done the distance. We are obsessed always by the next game and that is what we expect always: the perfect game in the next one. That is what we work for.'



The 66-year-old has been persisantly linked with the England post over the years but the question on the lips of most Gunners fans is whether Wenger will remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond his current contract, which ends in the summer.

Asked whether he could see himself taking his reign at Arsenal up to a quarter of a century, he said: 'I don't know. I think I have one quality - a passion for the game - and another one, that I have a desire to be better than I was yesterday. The way I manage today is not the same as it was five years or 20 years ago.

'I rule nothing out because I want to work and I want to do well.

'I accept as well that it can finish tomorrow; it's a love story and a love story you expect to last forever but it can stop every day.'


Source: Dailmail.co.uk


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