Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal may have been one of the most disappointing, losing 6-0 to Chelsea, but it has been hugely successful.

Here we take a look at some of the ups and downs of Wenger's career at Arsenal.

Wenger was appointed Arsenal's manager on September 30, 1996 and earned the nickname "The Professor" due to his highly thoughtful approach to the game.

Throughout his career at Arsenal, Wenger has religiously held to his principles and has played football the way he believes it is played.

In his first full season in charge, Arsenal won the League, defeating Manchester United in second place, and the FA Cup, defeating Newcastle 2-0 in the final to win the double.

Arsenal finished second in the table behind Manchester United for the next three seasons as the rivalry between the two clubs, coaches (Wenger and Ferguson) and captains (Vierra and Keane) intensified.

During this period, Wenger made several signings, including Ljungberg, Henry, Pires and Wiltord, as he tried to build a team capable of winning the League and playing football in their own way.

The 2001-02 season turned out to be one of Wenger's most successful at the club and also saw the arrival of Sol Campbell in a free transfer from his north London rivals Tottenham.

They comfortably won the League, scoring in every match, as they finished seven points clear of Liverpool and 10 points clear of rivals Manchester United. The title was won at Old Trafford, with Wiltord scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win, making the league's success even sweeter for both Wenger and the club's fans.

They also won the FA Cup, defeating Chelsea 2-0 in the final, to claim the double for the second time in four years.

The 2002-03 season saw Manchester United regain the title by finishing five points ahead of the Gunners who had led the race for much of the season.
Wenger's Arsenal team retained the FA Cup, the first team to do so since Tottenham in 1982, defeating Southampton 1-0 in the final.

The 2003-04 campaign was arguably the best under Arsene Wenger's leadership despite losing in the FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals and the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Premier League campaign saw Wenger's team create history by becoming the first team to go undefeated in a 38-game season and only the second to do so in the top flight (Preston was first in 1888-89).

With a record of 26 wins and 12 draws, the team became known as "The Invincibles" and won the title 11 points ahead of second-placed Chelsea.

Arsenal won their fourth FA Cup trophy under Arsene Wenger in the 2004-05 season, defeating Manchester United 6-5 on penalties in the final.

This victory came shortly before Arsene Wenger's 500th game in charge of the club.

Wenger's next 500 matches have not proven as successful as the club failed to win any major trophies despite being close on several occasions, most notably when they finished runner-up against Barcelona in the Champions League final.

Kieran Gibbs' red card in Wenger's 1000th game was Arsenal's 101st under Wenger, but arguably the most expensive was Jens Lehmann's in the Champions League final.

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Wenger was appointed Arsenal's manager on September 30, 1996 and earned the nickname "The Professor" due to his highly thoughtful approach to the game.