Wenger reaches major milestone
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Despite struggling to bring silverware to his club over the past few seasons, Arsene Wenger has reached a milestone that only one other manager has reached in Premier League history. Wenger notched his 400th win in the Premier League making him the only manager to achieve it since Sir Alex Ferguson.
Wenger's important win on Boxing Day came as Arsenal edged London rivals Queens Park Rangers. In addition to being the French national's 400th EPL win, it also marked his 600th victory as manager of the Gunners.
Despite some struggles in recent years to win any trophies with his club, Wenger's side is vastly improving with major signings. His team won the 2014 FA Cup and also won the first trophy of the 2014/15 campaign in their 3-0 win over Manchester City for the FA Community Shield.
Wenger has made major improvements to his squad in the past transfer windows and will hope to continue to do so with the January transfer window now only days away from opening. A stronger squad will be crucial if the 65-year-old hopes to overtake Sir Alex Ferguson in number of Premier League wins.
Sir Alex, who retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, currently holds the record for most wins since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. Ferguson recorded 528 wins in 21 seasons as boss of Manchester United.
Wenger will hope to surpass his former rival as he hopes to bring the same glory he achieved in the early 2000s back to his team. The French manager managed to win two Premier League titles in three seasons between 2001 and 2004. During this period he also won two FA Cups and two FA Community Shields.
Whether or not Wenger is able to catch Sir Alex Ferguson will surely be determined by how long he chooses to stay with the Gunners. Following his 2014 FA Cup win, the 65-year-old signed a three-year contract extension which will keep him at the Emirates through May 2017.
Arsenal, however, may have to fight to keep Wenger as boss. There has been speculation that AS Monaco have an interest in bringing Wenger back to France, though it is unlikely he will return to his former club after achieving such a big milestone with Arsenal.
Wenger, who is now the longest-tenured manager in the EPL, came to Arsenal following stints at AS Monaco and Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight. Since his arrival in 1996, the Frenchman has seen ups and downs, but has overall been incredibly successful.
With his team sitting only two points out of a Champions League Qualifying spot, Wenger will hope for continued success as he strives to reach the record held by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Nick Papadis is a sophomore at American University majoring broadcast journalism and broadcasts AU Men's Soccer amongst other sports. Nick is an avid Liverpool fan. Follow him on twitter @NPSoccerTalk