And the 57-year-old's vision for Arsenal extends beyond the pitch.
When he arrived he was appalled by the club's rented training facilities. The £23m sale of Anelka to Real Madrid in 1999 more than funded the development of the space-age complex at London Colney where the Gunners are now put through their paces.
But today, that investment is overshadowed by the sparkling new stadium Wenger's ambition helped achieve at a cost of £390m.
His passion for the project, allied to the on-pitch success, persuaded the board to take the plunge and help Wenger lead the Gunners into a new era at a 60,000-seat home.
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