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

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The opening chapters of what is a surprisingly short book, about Wenger’s childhood and playing days, are elegiac and rather moving . That the ensuing saga involving Ozil may then have strongly contributed to Wenger’s ultimate departure makes for a very sorry ending indeed. You will learn about the beginnings of a promising football player, about the gradual move into coaching. The answers, unfortunately, are either missing altogether from My Life in Red and White, or expressed in a way that is long familiar to us: the English players stopped drinking and eating Mars bars; he used to have his ups and downs with Ferguson but they get on fine now.

There really is only one Arsène Wenger, and for the very first time, in his own words, this is his story!I hadn’t realised how much of a family man Arsene Wenger is – there’s a couple of pages of quite moving tribute to his daughter Lea in the middle of chapter 6. So, maybe it had a little to do with the translation, or maybe, when faced with the constraints of longform narrative, without someone to draw out the stories and the memories, it proved too difficult a task to decide what to focus on at the macro and micro narrative levels. 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. I was also surprised by the information that the most common scoreline under Wenger was 1-1, followed by 2-1 and 1-0. As for the book, Arsene Wenger kept telling us to wait for it and it appears to have been not worth waiting for.

At one point laziness kicks in and he just gives a bullet-point list of some key players and a one line description of them. Biography: 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.The paragraph on Cole includes the sentence “It is one of the great regrets of my life that I lost him to Chelsea, thanks to a misunderstanding in the negotiations with his agent”. Those who booed had been watching football long enough to know that this was a team going nowhere, in serious need of investment and ideas, and almost certainly yet another new manager. 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 .

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