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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 22 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-listen 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.

©2020 Arsene Wenger (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Serious and analytical summary of amazing career

I always prefer it when an author reads his / her own autobiography as you tend to get a better feeling for the person hearing them speak their own story. Arsene Wenger is re-known for his intellect and for his analytical approach to football management. In this he comes over as measured and considered and never strays too far from his love of the game and, in particular, his love of Arsenal Football Club where he spent 22 years in charge. He talks of his early years at Strasberg with affection and talks of how he saw this as a "laboratory of football" in which he honed his style.
He does not talk too much about individual players or specific matches preferring to explain his philosophy towards the beautiful game and how he never ceased to set higher aspirations culminating in the 2003/04 "invincibles" season. He laments his lack of success in the Champions league. The financial consequences of the move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium was to mean that Arsenal would never reach the same success on the field but Wenger considers that this was a price worth paying.
This is a very serious and analytical summary of an amazing career in football. Genius as Mr Wenger may be when it comes to running a football club, having listened to this book I would not want to be stuck in a lift with him.

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The boss

Fascinating insight into the man that changed the premier league. Best autobiography I have listened to so far. Even better that is read by the man himself as well

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Le Professor Prevails!!!!

What a book! Great insight from childhood to now. I am a massive fan of Mr Wenger as he IS THE ORIGINAL game changer in this modern football era. You can understand why he is the detailed person he is from his childhood days. His thought process going into tasks is immense, his determination is relentless and his focus is unbreakable. Offers fantastic examples of leadership but always refers to passion and belief. Mr Wenger would be the one person who we all would like as a mentor, not just in football, but in life.
I pre-ordered this audiobook and have listened to all whilst working from home.
The term ‘Legend’ has been diluted in my opinion when describing someone but I can honestly say Mr Wenger is a ‘Legend’ and a ‘Gentleman’ Thank you

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A bit of a disappointment

I love Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and the history of the Premier league, but this autobiography doesn't share many stories or go in depth about anything I thought it would. I bet he's got tonnes of stories in his locker but he just touches on the odd one and swiftly goes to the next topic.

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Simply beautiful.

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. The story of the Invincibles that was masterminded by a man who sees the game of football as simply beautiful. Thankyou Arsene for all you gave to my boys at the club and Thankyou for the insight into your amazing life.

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Simply the best. A true legend.

Arsene Wenger is fantastic and this insight is just a snippet, but one not to be missed. Lots of great time bits. I want more!

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It's okay but don't expect any dirt

Have to read as arsenal fan but not much we don't know really. Would love a second book that tells all.

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Not so useful to non-football fans

I am not much into football and was looking to learn some transferable skills from the man who has achieved so much. Surely he is a genius but he is not sharing any tips in this book. It is more of a memoir for people who love football. Very little to learn from it. I feel other biographies often offer more life lessons one can take away

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Mr Football

Great insight into the life and career of Arsène Wenger, narrated by the man himself. Football and Arsenal is clearly his life and passion. It was great to get to know him better and hear him recap on some of his experiences throughout his career. This book could easily have been 40 hours long, Arsène is just such an interesting character. I would recommend to all football / soccer fans.

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Don’t go looking for funny stories

Very dry and matter of fact. Would of been better if the performance had a little bit more enthusiasm

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  • 16-04-21

Greatest Football Man Ever

Greatest Football Man Ever.
The book is great and the fact that it was read by the great man himself made even greater.

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  • N. Itayim
  • 23-03-21

Nostalgic, but leaves you wanting more

As a long-time Arsenal fan I was always going to buy this book. Arsene was all I knew for the majority of my Arsenal supporting life. But while I wanted to love it, i feel it fell a little short of expectations. Having managed the club for almost 20 years, I was hoping for more behind-the-scenes insight, stories... drama.

For years Arsene said he'd talk about all the goings on and things he chose not to disclose while at Arsenal after he retired. I thought this would be it. Sadly, it wasn't.

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  • user-M8RW6H1
  • 09-02-21

One Arsène Wenger

An inspiration. A pioneer. An innovative mind. A philosopher. Strong-willed. Humble. Practical. True to himself before everything. Honest. Intelligent. An Explorer. Fair. The mind, body, and soul of Arsenal. -whether you like it or not-.

Yes, I’m an Arsenal fan, obviously. But it’s a must-read for everyone who seeks inspiration. I enjoyed every second of it.

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  • Pooven C.
  • 03-01-21

A fantastic journey expressed honestly

Prof Wenger tells us to dream and be truthful, life will find a way to encourage us, inspire us, bring us down to earth and elevate us once more. A brilliant live told in a lovely tale...One to surely put a smile on your face and encourage you to push boundaries.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-20

only for fans

struggling to finish the book. To much detail and very few insights. I was expecting fascinating stories or interesting new insights from Arsene's carrier

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-20

Just ok..

Great if you’re an arsenal fan. Kind of dull if you’re not. Over the years have loved listening to Wenger even though I’ve hated most of his teams! He thinks about the world in a fantastic way and always has something interesting to say. I wanted to know more about HIM and his philosophies of life, beyond just his players and football relationships. Was disappointing. Maybe he’s keeping all that for his next story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-20

Good book, but a bit short and lacked stories

So this is a good book, I enjoyed listening it. But what I thought could have been better is if Wenger had told more specific stories about players or even specific matches especially in his time at Arsenal. There are a few stories here and there, but not as much as I would have liked.

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  • JLBOSHOFF
  • 02-11-20

Boring and no structure

As an Arsenal fan I found this book frustrating to listen to, I was hoping for more... Also it's hard to listen to Arsene's voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-20

Excellent. Answered many of the questions

Answered many of the questions I had on his tenure as manager and decisions made on and off the pitch.

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  • E. Amir
  • 16-10-20

A Must for Football fans!

A book for Arsenal fans & Football fans alike. In depth stories about major incidents while at the club for the Arsenal fans & strong opinions about the technicalities of the game for the neutrals. Must read!