Up until 2018, the only manager that I had ever known at Arsenal was Arsene Wenger. I picked up a copy of the book Wenger The Making of a Legend in 2004. At the time it was released, Arsenal were experiencing major success under the Frenchman’s leadership. They had won three league titles, three FA Cup’s, and had put together The Invincibles season and the 49-game unbeaten run.
There have been a number of other books released since then, each with their own retrospective view on Le Professeur. But an autobiography is different. For the first time, Wenger is telling the story in his own words, the ups and downs of his time at Arsenal as he saw and experienced them.
My Life in Red and White will be released this coming October and is currently available for pre-order. The book will also be available in both French and German.
In over 352 pages, Wenger describes the highs and lows he experienced as Arsenal boss. He also explains his approach to the game, the fitness/tactics that revolutionized the Premier League when he implemented them at Arsenal, and how he kept his players motivated throughout his 22-year run in North London.
Fans became critical of Wenger’s decisions as the manager’s earlier successes dried up. In his later years at the club, Arsenal failed to mount a title challenge and went through a nine-year period without winning any silverware. He did, however, go on to lead the Gunners’ to three FA Cup titles in 2014, 2015 and 2017 before he resigned at the end of the 2018 campaign.
According to Amazon’s pre-release description:
This book charts his extraordinary career, including his rise from obscurity in France and Japan to his 22 years at the helm of Arsenal Football Club. It covers the years of controversy that led up to his resignation in 2018 and his current seat as chief of global football development for FIFA.
A special event entitled, An Audience with Arsene Wenger OBE and David Dein MBE was scheduled to take place later this month at The London Palladium. It has been pushed back to November because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We’ll have more for you from My Life in Red and White as it becomes available and when it releases.