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Ranking The top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

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Ranking The top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Who is the best Arsenal manager? Since he became their manager, Mikel Arteta has coached the Gunners in 150 matches and has won 87.

That figure makes him the Arsenal manager with the highest number of wins after 150 games, according to The Sun, meaning he has won 5 games more than Arsene Wenger after 150 matches on the club’s bench.

But in terms of overall, i.e. trophies and all that, Wenger remains the undisputed Arsenal’s most successful manager of all time.

Arsenal has had eighteen permanent and four caretaker managers since 1897. Stewart Houston has managed the club in two separate spells as a caretaker.

The longest-running manager both in terms of time and in terms of games was Wenger who did it from 1996–2018.

Ranking the 10 Best Managers in Arsenal FC History

10. Don Howe

top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Howe was the manager of Arsenal from 1983 to 1986. During his time at the club, he led them to a sixth-place finish in his first season and a seventh-place finish in his second and third seasons in charge.

The Englishman’s time at the London club was trophyless but he came close to a trophy in the 1985-86 season when they reached the qarter finals of the EFL Cup. He has a win percentage of 46.2% in a total of 117 matches.

9. Unai Emery

top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Emery managed Arsenal from May 2018 to November 2019. He never won any trophy with the Gunners but he was able to lead his team to a fifth-place finish in his first season.

The team also reached the final in the Europa League that season which they lost 4-1 to London rivals Chelsea. The Spaniard has a win percentage of 55.1% in 78 games before he was sacked in 2019 following a poor run of form.

8. Terry Neill

top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Neill was appointed manager of Arsenal in 1976 and stayed there for seven years till 1983. He guided his team to the 1979 FA Cup after defeating rivals Manchester United 3-2 in the final.

Arsenal had their best season under Terry in the 1980-81 season when they finished third in the league.

The former Northern Ireland international managed a total of 416 games with a win percentage of 44.95%.

7. Mikel Arteta

top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Arteta took over as head coach of Arsenal in 2019 and has been there to date. He guided his side to an FA Cup in his first full season in charge after his team defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the final.

He also won the FA Community Shield the following season after defeating Liverpool 5-4 on penalties.

The Spaniard currently has a win percentage of 58% in 150 games he’s managed so far.

6. Bertie Mee

top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Mee managed Arsenal for 10 years from 1966 to 1976. His best season was in the 1970-71 season when he led his team to a Football League First Division title and an FA Cup. He also won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup a season before.

His team has also come as runners-up once in the league, once in the FA Cup, and twice in the EFL Cup. The Englishman has a win percentage of 44.7% in 539 games as the manager of Arsenal.

5. George Allison

Allison was appointed as the manager of the Gunners in 1934. He won the First Division title and the FA Charity shield in his first season in charge of the club and also won the FA Cup in his second season in charge.

In the 1937-38 season, the Englishman won the First Division title again and the FA Charity Shield the next season. He managed a total of 279 games winning 129, drawing 74, and losing 76 thereby earning him a goal difference of 46.2%.

4. Tom Whittaker

Whittaker was the manager of Arsenal from 1947 to 1956. He won the league twice, the FA Cup once, and the FA Charity Shield twice in his nine-year stay at the club.

The Englishman managed a total of 430 matches winning 203, drawing 106, and losing 121 with a win percentage of 47.2%

3. George Graham

top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Graham managed Arsenal for nine years from 1986 to 1995. He won the EFL Cup in his first season in charge after defeating Liverpool 2-1 in the final.

The Scotsman went on to win seven more trophies including two Football League First Division titles, one FA Cup, and one more EFL Cup in his remaining eight years at the club.

He had a win percentage of 48.9% in 460 games as the coach of the London club.

2. Herbert Chapman

Chapman took over as head coach of Arsenal in 1925 and stayed there till when he sadly died of pneumonia in 1934. He led his team to a second-place finish in the league in his first season in charge.

In the 1930-31 season, Herbert guided Arsenal to their first-ever league title in its history with a seven-point lead over runners-up Aston Villa.

He also led his team to five other trophies including one FA Cup, one Football League First Division title, and three FA Charity Shields.

The Englishman managed a total of 411 games winning 204, drawing 97, and losing 110 with a win percentage of 49.6%.

1. Arsène Wenger

top 10 managers in Arsenal’s history

Wenger was appointed as the manager of Arsenal in 1996. He is the club’s longest-serving manager as well as the club’s most successful manager.

Arsène was at the club for 22 years and won a total of 17 trophies there including three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and seven FA Community Shields.

He was well known in the 2003-04 season when he guided his team to the league title without losing a single game throughout the season.

The Frenchman managed a total of 1235 games at Arsenal winning 707, drawing 280, and losing 248 with a win percentage of 57.3%.

This article was updated 6 days ago

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