Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Wenger Retrospective

"Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like."

- Author Unknown

This is Wenger in 1996, when he first started at the Arsenal.

This is Wenger in 1998, celebrating the league and cup double.

This is Wenger in 2004, after winning the league with probably the best team ever.

And this is him now, with the weight of the world on his shoulders...

Wenger's been with us for 13 years. It's a very long time. He inherited a prosaic, ugly football side and turned it into the most beautiful thing ever seen on a football field. He's won two doubles. He's gone unbeaten in a season. He's unearthed players like Henry and Vieira and *cough cough* Ashley Cole. And through it all, one thing's remained constant - his haircut.

He hasn't changed his hair in 13 years. That's a very long time. In that time, we've had eight years of George W Bush, a war on terror, the Galactico era, the rise and fall of Ronaldinho, the geriatrics experiment at Milan, Chelski and Ashley Cole. Wenger's hair has served him well in that time, and has presided over the best spell of football that Arsenal have ever seen. Still, it's time for a change.

A haircut says a lot about a man. Having the same hair for thirteen years says that Wenger is stuck in his ways. That said, I think Wenger has very nice hair and it suits him very well. It's a classy haircut. It just needs a little freshening up - maybe something with the fringe, or some highlights.

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