Wenger managed Nancy, Monaco and Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight before moving to the Gunners in 1996. Reuters/Alex Morton
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former captain Tony Adams, whose career enjoyed an Indian summer under Wenger, recalled.But the Arsenal players and fans did not have to wait long to feel the Frenchman's impact.Arsenal had won two league titles under Graham with a highly effective formula for England's top flight at the time.Wenger was smart enough to realize that he had inherited the best defense in the league and there was little point in discarding it.Full-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn and central defenders Adams and Steve Bould provided the necessary foundation for a side which boasted the brilliant Dutch forward Dennis Bergkamp and the goal-hungry Ian Wright.Perhaps Wenger's most inspired signing came in 1999 when he bought Thierry Henry, a known talent who had been struggling as a winger in Serie A with Juventus.Wenger turned Henry into a striker and was rewarded handsomely as the Frenchman went on to become the club's record scorer with 228 goals in all competitions, 32 in 2001-02 as Arsenal claimed a second double.
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