On 16 June 1997, Arsene Wenger signed legendary goalkeeper Alex Manninger from Austrian side Casino Graz, as recorded on the Official Arsenal website.
Born in Salzburg, Austria on 4 June 1977, Alex started off as an amateur for his home side Youth Team SV Salzburg before going professional at the age of 19 when he was promoted to the senior team. He later on went to play for Volwarts Steyr and Grazer AK before he was brought on board by Arsene Wenger.
The youngster got his chance during the 1997/98 Premier League season after Arsenal number one David Seaman sustained an injury. To the surprise of many, the then 20-yea old surpassed everyone’s expectations with a string of impressive performances in high profile matches.
According to Arsenal.com, his heroics against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford – coupled with an iconic strike by Marc Overmars – saw Arsenal secure three important points that would propel them to a League victory on Arsene Wenger’s second season at the club.
With limited opportunities in the starting line up after David Seaman’s return, Alex Manninger eventually left Highbury in 2002.