Arsene Wenger was born in Alsace in 1949 and was a successful manager in France and Japan before unexpectedly being appointed manager of Arsenal in 1996, where he enjoyed unmatched success. He resigned in 2018 and is now Chief of Global Development for FIFA. He lives in London and Paris.. There is only one Arsène Wenger - and for the very first time, in his own words, this is his story. In this definitive autobiography, the world-renowned revolutionary football manager discusses his life and career, sharing his leadership principles for success on and off the field and recalling vivid tales of guiding Arsenal to unprecedented success. One of the most influential figures in world football, Wenger won multiple Premier League titles, a record number of FA Cups, and masterminded Arsenal's historic 'Invincibles' season of 2003-2004 and 49-match unbeaten run. He changed the game in England forever, popularising an attacking approach and changing attitudes towards nutrition, fitness and coaching methods - and towards foreign managers. In My Life in Red and White, Wenger charts his extraordinary career, including his rise in France and Japan where he managed Nancy, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight - clubs that also play in red-and-white - to his twenty-two years in north London at the helm of one of the world's biggest clubs. He reflects on Arsenal's astonishing domestic triumphs and bittersweet European campaigns; signing - and selling - some of the world's most talented players; moving the Gunners to their new home, the Emirates Stadium; and the unrest that led to his departure in 2018 and subsequent role as Chief of Global Football Development for FIFA. This book is a must-read for not only Arsenal supporters but football fans everywhere, as well as business leaders and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. It will illuminate the mystique surrounding one of the most revered and respected managers, revealing the wisdom and vision that made him an icon in the world's most popular sport.
Forever in your debt- There's only one AW! I know i said some mean things to you during the 'twilight' years of your managerial career but love you all the more now, Arsene. Genius, visionary, revolutionary, legend-the list goes on. As The Gaffer, you always gave insightful and inspirational quotes that coached me through 2 decades of my life and this book is no different. Thank you for the book and for everything else Le Prof.
Measured I came to watching football later in life after marrying a football mad woman. Eventually I chose to support Arsenal purely because I respected Wenger who seemed like a class act and I loathed my wife's team's manager, AF who to me was a coarse thug. Unfortunately being the relatively class-act that he is, there is no great secret telling in this book, not much info not already out there. I am not a class-act and was hoping for some sensation. Still love Arsene.
Not sure I’m ready for this book yet! Had me welling up from the first sentence in the prologue.
Le Prof and his lesson. Incredible book that many people needed to read right now with Covid and the world as it currently is. A huge lesson in resilience, integrity, honesty, dedication, determination and remaining positive. Thank you so much Arsène, just what I needed to give me the strength to get up and fight even harder tomorrow. Merci Arsène!
Great read - but... Good and some fantastic insight into the life of a very interesting and influential man. A must read for Arsenal fans obviously. The only downside is it’s not quite the juicy ‘tell-all’ kind of autobiography that Fergies was.. Wenger doesn’t really call out any ex-players or associates nor does he include many stories with quotes from players or people involved for example. I guess that is the measure of the man, the true gent, Arsene.
A Good Insight Into Wenger's Management Techniques For any Arsenal supporter, this long-awaited book puts Arsene Wenger's management methods and philosophies into his own words. It also tells us a little about his life growing up in a small town in Alsace and takes the reader through his early career as a mildly successful player. He makes it clear that he is football obsessive and leaves one with a feeling that his former wife suffered in their relationship as a result. though little is mentioned of his personal life. Although it talks about some of the players that he signed while at Arsenal, I feel he could have taken readers through more about his relationships with the many players he signed, some of whom do not even get a mention. The book is written in clear prose though Arsene could have gone a bit deeper into the problems he experienced during the latter years at Arsenal. I feel there is a lot the author would have liked to have said but he held back. Nevertheless, this is a book that football fans, in general, should enjoy and I thoroughly recommend it.
Inspirational man. As a fan of Arsenal this was a must read for me. I went into it knowing that there would be no Alex Ferguson-esque revelations, no naming and shaming or divulging dressing room bust ups and other behind closed door goings on. Arsene Wenger has too much class for that. What this book did do though was show the mans love for the sport and his winning mentality. Reading these pages, not only can you feel the torment he went through when he didn’t achieve the results he set out to but also the utter joy when he achieved the unique successes such as the crowning of ‘The Invincibles’ and his record breaking 7 managerial FA Cup victories. This is not only a must read for Arsenal fans but also football fans in general and anyone who wants to know what drives a person to achieve unprecedented success, whatever their vocation.
Arsenal’s greatest ever manager in his own words This was a much anticipated book and overall it does live up to expectations, but as some other readers have pointed out, there is a lack of detail here. The parts of Arsène’s childhood I found very interesting to read as well as when his time at Arsenal came to an end. The pain that he felt at leaving Arsenal comes through. I would have liked to read more details on how he moulded Thierry Henry into a great striker, his relationship with the likes of Henry and Dennis Bergkamp and maybe some details on how he felt about other managers such as José Mourinho. As an Arsenal fan you will enjoy this book and for general football fans it should be picked up as well. If only it were a bit longer it would be a five star book.
The best I love sport related autobiographies And have read hundreds this is a stand out story simply the best If you want stats its there if you want intrigue and behind the scenes detail its there management philosophy its there
Merci Arsène I have huge admiration for the author not just as a football manager but also as a person. The first half of this book is particularly interesting, covering his early years and first major jobs in Monaco and Japan. Although there is a lack of detail about his years at Arsenal, his loyalty and commitment to the club underpins every word and every thought.
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