Arsene Wenger: 18 years at Arsenal in photos

Wenger is unveiled as Arsenal manager in 1996. Credit: PA

We take at look at Arsene Wenger's Arsenal career in photos on the day he celebrates 18 years in charge of the London club.

The Premier League's longest serving manager was unveiled at Highbury, Arsenal's old stadium, in September 1996, but did not officially begin his reign as manager until October 1st.

Wenger guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles and four FA Cup trophies during his first nine years in charge, and is credited not only for transforming the Gunners, but the standards of English football as a whole.

The 1998 Charity Shield was next after a 3-0 win over Man United. Credit: PA
Wenger conducted some vital business on this ancient mobile phone. Credit: PA
Arguably Wenger's greatest signing, Thierry Henry, joined in 1999. Credit: Reuters
Wenger celebrated successive Charity Shield victories in 1999. Credit: PA
Wenger has shared a touchline with some of football's greats. Credit: PA
Victory over Spurs in April 2002 helped the Gunenrs on their way to another Premier League crown under Wenger. Credit: PA
Arsenal wrapped up the title at the home of great rivals, Man United. Credit: PA
A 2-0 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea secured another double. Credit: Reuters
Wenger made Arsenal the team to beat in England. Credit: PA
Another FA Cup trophy followed in 2003. Credit: PA
He enjoyed a fierce rivalry with United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Credit: PA
Wenger clinched the 2003/4 Premier League at White Hart Lane. Credit: PA
He enjoyed another victory parade through North London's streets. Credit: Reuters
Arsenal's new home was officially named the Emirates Stadium in October 2004. Credit: PA
Arsenal beat Man United on penalties to win the 2005 FA Cup final. Credit: Reuters
It proved to be Arsenal's last trophy for nine years. Credit: PA
A painful Champions League final defeat to Barcelona followed in 2006. Credit: PA
Wenger's first competitive game at the Emirates, a Premier League game against Aston Villa in August 2006, ended 1-1. Credit: PA
He celebrated ten years in charge in October 2006. Credit: PA
The next few years were frustrating for Wenger and Arsenal. Credit: Reuters
He struggled to add to his impressive trophy haul. Credit: PA
He was sent to the stands during a 2009 loss at Old Trafford. Credit: Reuters
Premier League strugglers Birmingham stunned Arsenal with a late winner in the 2011 League Cup final. Credit: PA
Wenger has remained active on the training ground throughout his career. Credit: Reuters
Vietnamese fans showed their appreciation during a 2013 pre-season tour. Credit: Reuters
The long wait for a trophy eventually ended with then 2014 FA Cup final win over Hull. Credit: Reuters
Wenger finally got his hands on a trophy again. Credit: Reuters
He was thrown into the air by Arsenal's players. Credit: Reuters
And celebrated with a victory parade in London. Credit: Reuters