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Quiz about Dynasty in Focus Wengers Arsenal 19962006

Dynasty in Focus: Wenger's Arsenal 1996-2006 Quiz


A quiz focusing on a great period in Arsenal's history, from the appointment of Arsene Wenger in 1996 to the club's exit from its iconic Highbury stadium in 2006.

A multiple-choice quiz by TheOracler. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
TheOracler
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
398,506
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
15
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
8 / 15
Plays
132
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Question 1 of 15
1. Arsene Wenger was unveiled as Arsenal manager in September 1996. However, the British media had not expected the appointment. Who was the favourite to land the position? Hint


Question 2 of 15
2. Which Frenchman was Wenger's first signing as the manager of Arsenal? Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. Arsenal won the Premier League in 1997-98. What else was notable about Arsenal's Premier League campaign that year? Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. Arsenal completed the League & Cup double in May 1998 when they defeated Newcastle United 2-0 in the FA Cup final. Who won Man of the Match for his performance in the final? Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. Which of these Arsenal icons left the Gunners in the summer of 1998? Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. 1998-99 was a frustrating season for Arsenal, losing both of their Premier League and FA Cup trophies to Manchester United. However, which of these feats did the team accomplish that season? Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. Which of these events occurred first? Hint


Question 8 of 15
8. Arsenal narrowly lost the 2000 UEFA Cup and 2001 FA Cup finals. Who was the only Arsenal player to score in either final? Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. 2001-02 saw the beginning of a new era of dominance for Arsenal. However, which of these accomplishments did the team *fail* to achieve that season? Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. How many Arsenal players that started the 1998 FA Cup final also started the 2002 FA Cup final against Chelsea? Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. Although Arsenal won the 2003 FA Cup, the Gunners blew an eight point lead on Manchester United in the 2002-03 Premier League title race. What did defender Martin Keown blame for the team's title collapse? Hint


Question 12 of 15
12. The 2003-04 season was arguably the finest in Arsenal's history, with the team going unbeaten in the Premier League and losing just six games in all competitions. Which team was the only one to beat Arsenal twice that year? (Not counting one-off games such as the Community Shield) Hint


Question 13 of 15
13. On 25 August 2004, Arsenal broke the record for most consecutive league games without a loss, with a run of 43 games. Which club had previously held the record? Hint


Question 14 of 15
14. Which of these key events in Arsenal's history was the last to take place? Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. While this period of Arsenal's history ended with a 2-1 loss to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League Final, what notable achievement did Arsenal accomplish during that year's competition? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Arsene Wenger was unveiled as Arsenal manager in September 1996. However, the British media had not expected the appointment. Who was the favourite to land the position?

Answer: Johan Cruyff

Cruyff was named as the favourite in an article written by The Times newspaper, and there were plenty of reasons to believe this. After all, Cruyff had just left his position at Barcelona, where he had established himself as the most successful manager in the history of the club. However, the club's vice-chairman David Dein insisted on appointing Wenger.

Wenger's arrival would revolutionise Arsenal, changing the club's training system, the diet of his players and restricting players from casually drinking together. These principles are now entrenched in the modern game.
2. Which Frenchman was Wenger's first signing as the manager of Arsenal?

Answer: Nicolas Anelka

Anelka joined Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee in February 1997, joining the Gunners roughly five months after Wenger arrived in North London. Petit and Grimandi were amongst Wenger's first signings, but neither player joined Arsenal until the summer of 1997. Vieira signed for Arsenal in the summer of 1996, a month before Wenger's arrival.
3. Arsenal won the Premier League in 1997-98. What else was notable about Arsenal's Premier League campaign that year?

Answer: Arsenal had the biggest winning streak in Premier League history

Between 11 March 1998 and 3 May 1998, Arsenal won ten successive Premier League games, which became the longest streak in Premier League history. The highlight of this run was a 1-0 win against title rivals Manchester United on 14 March, which helped turn the title race in Arsenal's favour.

Arsenal came back from eleven points behind in 1997-98, but two years earlier Man United had recovered from a twelve point deficit on Newcastle United. Arsenal's 78 points were the second fewest at the time by a title winner as Man United scored a mere 75 in 1996-97. Dennis Bergkamp was Arsenal's top scorer in 1997-98 with 16 goals, while the joint golden boot winners in Blackburn Rovers' Chris Sutton, Coventry City's Dion Dublin and Liverpool's Michael Owen scored 18 goals.
4. Arsenal completed the League & Cup double in May 1998 when they defeated Newcastle United 2-0 in the FA Cup final. Who won Man of the Match for his performance in the final?

Answer: Ray Parlour

Parlour put in a fine performance in the final, with his best moments including an assist for Nicolas Anelka to make it 2-0 and nearly scoring near the end to finish it off. Overmars was a threat for the entire game, scoring the game's opening goal in the first half. Adams was captain and leader of Arsenal's impenetrable defence. Vieira played the full 90 minutes also.
5. Which of these Arsenal icons left the Gunners in the summer of 1998?

Answer: Ian Wright

Wright spent seven years with the Gunners between 1991 and 1998, scoring 185 goals to become the club's all-time top scorer. (Later broken by Thierry Henry) He joined West Ham United in 1998.

Overmars joined the Gunners in 1997 and left in 2000 to join Barcelona. After eleven years at Highbury, Bould left in 1999 to play for Sunderland. Dixon would leave much later, retiring in 2002 after 14 years at the club.
6. 1998-99 was a frustrating season for Arsenal, losing both of their Premier League and FA Cup trophies to Manchester United. However, which of these feats did the team accomplish that season?

Answer: Undefeated in the Premier League at home

Arsenal made Highbury a fortress in the 1998-99 season. Out of their 19 home games, the team won 14 of them, drawing the remaining five games. Only Charlton Athletic, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur came away from Highbury without a loss.

While Arsenal thumped United 3-0 at Highbury, they could only muster a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Arsenal's goal difference was +42 whereas Man United had a +43 differential (Arsenal finished with 78 pts vs United's 79 pts). The PFA Players' Player of the Year award was won by Tottenham's David Ginola.
7. Which of these events occurred first?

Answer: 1999 Community Shield victory against Manchester United

Arsenal defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the 1999 Community Shield on 1 August 1999, with goals from Nwankwo Kanu and Ray Parlour giving the Gunners the victory.

Henry arrived in north London two days later, signing from Juventus. He would go on to become the club's all-time top scorer. The very next day, Anelka joined Real Madrid. This move scuppered Wenger's hope that Anelka and Henry would lead the line together. Dixon's testimonial was on 8 November 1999.
8. Arsenal narrowly lost the 2000 UEFA Cup and 2001 FA Cup finals. Who was the only Arsenal player to score in either final?

Answer: Fredrik Ljungberg

Ljungberg gave the Gunners a 1-0 lead in the 2001 FA Cup Final against Liverpool, but the Reds would win with two late goals from prodigious forward Michael Owen. The 2000 UEFA Cup final was a goalless affair, with Turkish side Galatasaray defeating the Gunners 4-1 on penalties.

While key players such as Henry were criticised in the media for failing to deliver in the big games, Wenger refused to play the blame game.
9. 2001-02 saw the beginning of a new era of dominance for Arsenal. However, which of these accomplishments did the team *fail* to achieve that season?

Answer: Champions League knockout appearance

Arsenal were eliminated in the second group stage of the 2001-02 Champions League, finishing three points behind eventual runners-up Bayer Leverkusen and Deportivo. The team had qualified for the knockouts in the competition for the first time in 2000-01.

Arsenal became the first club since the re-branding of the top flight in 1992 to go undefeated away from home. The team would replicate this feat when they went undefeated for the entirety of the 2003-04 Premier League season. Arsenal defeated United 3-1 and 1-0 in the league, and dismantled United 4-0 in the third round of the League Cup.
10. How many Arsenal players that started the 1998 FA Cup final also started the 2002 FA Cup final against Chelsea?

Answer: 4

The four players to start both finals were goalkeeper David Seaman, central defender Tony Adams (who was captain in both finals) and midfielders Ray Parlour and Patrick Vieira. Arsenal beat their London rivals Chelsea 2-0 in the 2002 final, thanks to second half goals from Parlour and Fredrik Ljungberg.
11. Although Arsenal won the 2003 FA Cup, the Gunners blew an eight point lead on Manchester United in the 2002-03 Premier League title race. What did defender Martin Keown blame for the team's title collapse?

Answer: Media comments by Arsene Wenger

In the summer of 2002, Wenger was uncharacteristically boastful about his team's chances of retaining the Premier League title in 2003. He said, "Nobody will finish above us in the league. It wouldn't surprise me if we were to go unbeaten for the whole of the season." Keown said that this harmed the team's chances.

While United-Arsenal games in this era were notorious for dirty tackles and red cards, Arsenal players such as Patrick Vieira were often just as much to blame for the chaos as United players. Henry certainly had no problems with form, scoring 24 goals and assisting 20 in the Premier League.
12. The 2003-04 season was arguably the finest in Arsenal's history, with the team going unbeaten in the Premier League and losing just six games in all competitions. Which team was the only one to beat Arsenal twice that year? (Not counting one-off games such as the Community Shield)

Answer: Middlesbrough

Arsenal faced Middlesbrough in the semi-finals of the 2004 League Cup, a two-legged affair. Incredibly, the invincible Arsenal side were beaten in both legs with Middlesbrough winning the first leg 1-0 at Highbury before a 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium in the second leg. Bolton's best result against Arsenal that year was a 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium in the Premier League.

United went unbeaten against Arsenal, drawing both league games and eliminating the Gunners from the 2004 FA Cup. Arsenal's other losses came in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev, Inter Milan (both group stage) and Chelsea. (Quarter-finals)
13. On 25 August 2004, Arsenal broke the record for most consecutive league games without a loss, with a run of 43 games. Which club had previously held the record?

Answer: Nottingham Forest

Forest went 42 consecutive games without defeat between 26 November 1977 and 9 December 1978. Arsenal's run had begun on 7 May 2003. It went through to 16 October 2004, a stretch of 49 successive games. The run eventually ended on 24 October with a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.
14. Which of these key events in Arsenal's history was the last to take place?

Answer: Thierry Henry becomes Arsenal's all-time top scorer

Henry scored twice in Arsenal's Champions League group stage win against Sparta Prague on 18 October 2005 to overtake Ian Wright as the club's greatest ever goalscorer. He also broke Cliff Bastin's record of 151 league goals on 1 February 2006 in a game against West Ham United.

Arsenal's last trophy of the Highbury era came five months earlier in May 2005, when the Gunners beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final. The club would not win another major trophy until the 2014 FA Cup. Vieira left in July 2005 following the emergence of Cesc Fabregas in the team's midfield. Wenger's 500th game was a 1-0 loss to Chelsea on 21 August 2005.
15. While this period of Arsenal's history ended with a 2-1 loss to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League Final, what notable achievement did Arsenal accomplish during that year's competition?

Answer: Kept ten successive clean sheets

After 2-1 wins against Swiss side Thun and Dutch giants Ajax in the group stage, Arsenal did not concede another goal until the final. Real Madrid, Juventus and Villarreal all failed to score in two legs against the Gunners. The four group games, combined with the six knockout games, means the Gunners had 10 clean sheets.

Barcelona actually had the most group stage goals with 16. Juventus, who Arsenal beat in the quarter finals, were defending Serie A champions but Real Madrid (Last 16) and Villarreal (semi-finals) finished second and third in La Liga in 2004-05. Barcelona had won the title.
Source: Author TheOracler

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