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My Life in Red and White: The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Autobiography

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Arsene was burnt several times and it’s no surprise that he became more cautious and perhaps indecisive as he aged.

Wenger discusses his life and early career in France and Japan before moving on to his long and successful time at Arsenal FC where his approach helped to revolutionise the English game as the Gunners won a plethora of silverware during his 22 years at the helm.Perhaps the explanation of the unrest that marked the end of Wenger’s time at Arsenal is simply that as in politics, all football managers’ careers eventually end in failure. As a life long fan of The Arsenal it wasn’t difficult to choose this book but it was wonderful to hear the story behind the move from Highbury to the Emirates and the life of the wonderful Arsene Wenger who made this possible. Writing on his daughter Léa, Wenger concedes ‘she must have suffered sometimes from my absences and from our separation, although she never said anything to me.

By sheer luck, he ended up with a landlady who taught at a language school and got him enrolled on her course. The banks demanded guarantees such as restricting salaries to 50 per cent of the overall budget,” he reveals. He tells us that after the Invincibles season he turned down job offers from PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, England and France . My Life in Red and White has its shortcomings, often merely hinting at an emotional edge that may if explored further have placed it higher in the football book pantheon.They had won three league titles, three FA Cup’s, and had put together The Invincibles season and the 49-game unbeaten run. You are largely writing on here to a whole group of card-carrying fans of AW ( me very much included) but I bet everyone who has read the book will be disappointed . A proper insight into his life, his thought process and his view of football would make a great book. Perhaps a description from chapter 4 of his relationship with the Monaco players tells us a little about what Wenger misses most from the old days: “It was possible for us to talk.

Perhaps you are interested in how the manager elaborated on his tactics, how he approached certain crucial matches (say, the final of the Champions’ League), or what happened when Arsenal lost heavily (say, against Manchester United in 2011, 8-2). Major players in Wenger’s teams get a few paragraphs but we gain no insight into who those players are, what Wenger’s relationships with them were like, why they were pivotal players.The opening chapters of what is a surprisingly short book, about Wenger’s childhood and playing days, are elegiac and rather moving: he grew up in Alsace, in a village with three blacksmiths, where the local farmers used horses rather than tractors.

At Monaco, his last job in Europe before Arsenal, he discovered George Weah, once the greatest player in the world, now president of Liberia, and won the French league in his first season. A trained economist, developer of young talent and winner of multiple premiership titles, he presented an intellectual image that was unique to English football. But I think you read the situation well – his discomfort and his surprising modesty about his facility in English affected the way he came over .I’m sorry that this review comes so long after the publication of Arsene Wenger’s autobiography, not least because it has given time for some apparently genuine anticipation to build up.

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