Premier League: Arsenal's Arsene Wenger surpasses Alex Ferguson to become longest-serving manager

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made history as the Frenchman became the longest serving manager of the Premier League era after surpassing Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson greets Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger before their English Premier League soccer match in London. Reuters

Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Reuters

On Monday, Wenger moved above Ferguson by taking his tally in charge of Arsenal to 7,583 since his first game against Blackburn on 12 October 1996 – exactly a day longer than what Ferguson spent in charge of Manchester United after the top-tier of English football was re-branded as the Premier League in the 1992-93 season.

Ferguson took charge of the Red Devils in 1986 when they were in the old First Division and saw his 7,582-day spell as a Premier League boss end with an entertaining 5-5 draw at West Brom in May 2013. The Scot's spell at Old Trafford started more than five-and-a-half years before the Premier League, which means that the 75-year-old was in charge for 26-and-a-half years.

Meanwhile, Wenger arrived at the London club and replaced Bruce Rioch after resigning as the manager of Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996. The 67-year-old, who will enter his 22nd season as Gunners' boss, still has some six years to go until he matches Ferguson's record, with the Scot having managed an astonishing 9,704 days at the helm of Manchester United.

But despite spending more days in charge (7,583 days), Wenger is still a few matches shy of managing the most games in the league as Ferguson holds the record – having been in charge in 810 matches in the Premier League – while Wenger is 20 behind, on 790. However, the Frenchman can surpass the Scot’s record in the 21st game of the new season, facing Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day in what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.

Name  Club  Tenure  No of days
 Arsene Wenger  Arsenal  October 1996 to present  7,583
 Sir Alex Ferguson  Manchester United  August 1992 to May 2013  7,582
 David Moyes  Everton  March 2002 to May 2013  4,082

Interestingly, Wenger and Ferguson are well ahead of the third-longest serving Premier League manager, David Moyes. However, the former United boss is placed 11th on the list of all-time longest serving bosses in English football, with West Brom’s Fred Everiss in charge for 46 years (1902-1948).

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 19:13 PM

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