As Arsène Wenger approaches his 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal this Saturday, we at Islington Now have looked at the nationalities of players under a manager who is renowned for focusing on ability over passports.
So ahead of the cosmopolitan curve have Wenger’s squads been that he was the first to name an all-foreign matchday squad, in 2005.
As you can see from our map below, however, the UK still manages to lead the way, with 65 players. (This includes 62 from England, 2 from Wales and 1 from Scotland.) Note: click the map to be taken through to an interactive version.
Yet Wenger has used as many as 24 different French players during his time at the helm, with a further 11 from Spain.
For the full list of nationalities, click here, and, if you’re interested in testing your knowledge of these foreign players, try Sporcle’s fun game (disclaimer: this game is slightly outdated, as it does not include Samuel Galindo, the youngster from Bolivia).
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