Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League every season he has been in charge
Since Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal in September 1996, the Gunners have finished in the top four every season. They are the only club do have done so in that time period.
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Arsenal have been mocked by the media and rival fans for looking at fourth place as a “trophy”. Of course the club’s goal each year is to win the Premier League crown. However, if that cannot be accomplished it is still important to finish within the top four and guarantee Champions League qualification.
There are those that will say what’s the point as Arsenal haven’t won the Champions League. That is a rather negative way of looking at a positive. Qualifying for the tournament for 20 straight years is no easy feat. Not even Manchester United has been able to do this.
If Wenger failed to qualify he would be vilified. He is almost a victim of his own success. He has raised expectations to such a level that he is often mocked for his accomplishments.
When Wenger was first hired by Arsenal, many said Arsene who? They all know who he is now after 20 consistent seasons of top-level play.