Interactive map: The 46 nationalities of Wenger’s Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger 999 games 46 nationalities

Created by Billy Ehrenberg and Tom Bayley with a little help from the Data Doctor

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.

Wenger 46 nationalities interactive map

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in testing your knowledge of these foreign players, try Sporcle’s fun game (disclaimer: this game is slightly outdated, as it does not include Samuel Galindo, the youngster from Bolivia).

The list could have been even longer, had Carl Jenkinson, who joined the Gunners in 2011 from lower-league Charlton, continued his international career with Finland.

Carl Jenkinson 46 nationalities
Carl Jenkinson (photo by Wikimedia Commons)

 

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