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Summary

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. At Arsenal, Wenger won multiple Premier League titles, a record number of FA Cups, and masterminded the historic 'Invincibles' season of 2003-2004. He changed the game in England forever, popularising an attacking approach and changing attitudes towards nutrition, fitness and coaching methods - and towards foreign managers. The book charts his extraordinary career, from 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 at the helm in north London.

A must-listen not only for Arsenal supporters but football fans everywhere, My Life in Red and White illuminates the mystique surrounding one of the most respected managers in the world's most popular sport.

  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©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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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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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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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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A stronger appreciation and connection

The biography builds up some of the personal details of the life and history of such an influential figure, not only for Arsenal but also for his management in Japan and France. His level of effort and dedication is clearly highlighted.

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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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Inciteful

Interesting to hear his journey from his perspective. His approach to coaching and management was unique.

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sorry arsene, not the best

sorry arsene, it felt it lacked detail and "how and why" ... this is important.... but why how did you come to that conclusion .

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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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  • 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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  • Karim
  • 14-03-22

Must-listen for football fans

An insight into Arsene Wenger's life inside and outside Arsenal, narrated by the man himself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-21

Good Read

Arsene Wenger is an amazing man, but I feel like this book does not do justice to him. Was expecting it to be a lot more detailed.

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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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  • 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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  • Aly Abouelenein
  • 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.