Whether it’s your first game as a fan or your 811th as a Premier League manager, football has an enduring ability to thrill and surprise.
Arsene Wenger will break Sir Alex Ferguson's record when he eclipses the Manchester United great and takes charge of his 811th Premier League match on New Year's Eve.
Wenger's Arsenal side travel to West Bromwich Albion, the scene of Ferguson's 810th and final Premier League outing, a 5-5 draw as the Red Devils claimed the 2012/13 title.
The Frenchman admits he's not spoken to Ferguson ahead of his record-breaking moment, but he is proud of the achievement and has great respect for his old adversary.
“I have not been on the phone with [Sir Alex], we had other things to do!” Wenger told Arsenal's official website. “I saw that he was at the Manchester United game this week, but it is always a pleasure to meet each other now.
“We don’t compete anymore and it was always a big rivalry of course, but overall I believe that we tried to have a positive attitude towards the game and to get our teams to play in a positive way.
“We have a similar passion, different personalities of course, but I respect and admire Ferguson for what he has done and for his high desire to win. That is why is is an achievement to have lasted for such a long time, similar to what he has done.”
Those moments - from cup-winning headers and emotional comebacks to a three-goal burst in five minutes - are what football fans live off. And there’s no bigger fan than the boss.
“That’s why it’s never boring,” he told Arsenal.com as he prepares to break Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record at West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Eve.
“No matter how long you are in this game you cannot predict what will happen and that’s why we come back for more. We try to dominate this animal, but we never manage to do it completely.”