Football By Joe Crilly

Arsene’s 20 Years Is Same As Leicester Winning The Title … Will he Make 21?

As Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years in charge of Arsenal, William Hill have looked back through the archives to see just how unlikely his longevity has been and how Arsenal defied the odds, even in his first full season at the club.  

William Hill never offered the price when he first became manager, however, if asked, Hills would have offered 5000/1 that he was still managing at the same club 20 years down the line. On the day of his appointment 20 years ago, Wenger was just 5/1 with William Hill to fail to see out the season as the Gunners boss.

At the start of his first full season, at the end which, Arsenal lifted the Premier League trophy, the club were 5/1 fourth favourites behind Manchester United at 6/4, Newcastle at 7/2 and Liverpool at 4/1.


“Despite his stint at Monaco, Wenger was a largely unknown quantity at Arsenal and there was no way we could have envisaged he would go on to have such a long and illustrious career at the same club,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “Wenger reaching this incredible landmark is akin to Leicester’s improbable Premier League victory last season.”

Looking to the future, Wenger is in the last year of his contract and William Hill offer 5/2 that he is not in charge of the club the first day of next season (2/7 that he is). When he does depart, Eddie Howe is the 8/1 favourite ahead of Diego Simeone at 10/1 and both Joachim Loew and Ronald Koeman at 12/1.

“Once Wenger leaves Arsenal, the board have a decision to make – whether they want a manager in the Wenger mould, like Eddie Howe, or whether they go in a completely different direction and choose a manger like Diego Simeone,” said William hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Next permanent Arsenal manager: 8/1 Eddie Howe; 10/1 Diego Simeone; 12/1 Joachim Loew; 12/1 Ronald Koeman; 16/1 Roberto Mancini; 16/1 Dennis Bergkamp; 16/1 Frank de Boer; 16/1 Luis Enrique; 20/1 Thierry Henry; 20/1 Patrick Vieira; 20/1 Didier Deschamps; 20/1 Laurent Blanc; 25/1 BAR

Arsene Wenger to be in charge of Arsenal on the first day of next season: 2/7 yes; 5/2 no


To sign for Arsenal in January:

Fabregas: 9/2 yes; 1/8 no

Clichy: 11/2 yes; 1/10 no

Sagna: 7/1 yes; 1/16 no


First Premier League manager to leave: 11/10 Mark Hughes; 3/1 Tony Pulis; 4/1 Francesco Guidolin; 7/1 Slaven Bilic; 10/1 David Moyes; 12/1 Alan Pardew; 20/1 Aitor Karanka; 20/1 Walter Mazzarri; 25/1 Claude Puel; 33/1 Arsene Wenger; 33/1 next permanent Hull manager; 33/1 Sean Dyche; 40/1 BAR

Premier League winner: 8/13 Manchester City; 11/2 Liverpool; 9/1 Chelsea; 12/1 Arsenal; 14/1 Manchester United; 16/1 Tottenham; 50/1 BAR