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

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Having managed Arsenal for 22 years, what was the single most important thing you learned? And what advice would you give your younger self if you were taking over again today? Wenger was born in 1949, grew up in a village in Alsace, eastern France, and had an early insight into human psychology watching the patrons of the bistro that his parents ran. “Alcohol, brawling, violence, everything that used to scare or disgust me as a child,” he recalls in My Life in Red and White, his new autobiography. He became a hard-grafting midfielder, eventually playing for Strasbourg in France’s top division, but he always thought deeply, even obsessively, about the game, and in his early 30s he moved organically into coaching, first at Cannes and Nancy then Monaco and in Japan at Nagoya Grampus Eight. I don’t know why but football games are my life and I don’t think that’s ever going to changeFor cost savings, you can change your plan at any time online in the “Settings & Account” section. If you’d like to retain your premium access and save 20%, you can opt to pay annually at the end of the trial.

Do you think your passion for beautiful football made you less successful and are you OK with that? So it’s mixed feelings. Every defeat plays on my mind. And you have to think not what you should have done, but what could you have done?Good, but slightly disappointing. For such a long and decorated career, I was expecting a more substantial read filled with interesting anecdotes and lesser known incidents from beyond the touchline. Chronologically his career is laid out culminating with Arsenal where he led the team for twenty-two years. The impact of Wenger on Arsenal is immeasurable and probably because of the nature of modern-day football commercialisation, will never be replicated. At Arsenal he had total control, he developed some of the best football players the English Premiership/ Europe ever witnessed, he achieved an unbeaten season with a team of INVINCIBLES - love saying that. He was instrumental in the building of a new stadium and advanced football style, medical treatment and diet to new levels. I loved Arsene Wenger and I remember watching an interview with him many years ago when success was regularly achieved, him saying that he would know when it would be time to leave Arsenal. Unfortunately, what tarnished his reputation was that he did not. I was really looking forward to this book. Although I am not an Arsenal supporter I do however admire Arsene Wenger and all that he has achieved in Football. A very interesting life I'm sure while working at the very top of the game and dealing with some of the major personalities and players in doing so. I was interested to know more and maybe hear a few lesser known stories that have remained secrets till now. Unfortunately this book does not tell us anymore than we have already witnessed. No stories behind the transfer dealings or banter regarding the scrapes making this book a very disappointing read.

I was at the training ground to interview Wenger the afternoon before the last game of the Invincibles season, and while I was waiting for him in his office, a Frenchman I didn’t recognise came in and slammed his hand down hard on the manager’s desk. “Stupid English regulations,” he said. I expressed sympathy. “We are trying to sign a player, an incredible player. Yaya Touré. He has much more power than his brother. But they won’t let us.” It was a story that provided me with great currency among fellow fans, especially a few years later, when Touré was tearing up the midfields and defences of every other Premier League team. It is the absence of revealing stories here that will most disappoint Wenger’s many admirers. When asked at a press conference, shortly before he left Arsenal, whether he was writing a book, he replied: “Not at the moment. Because I don’t like to talk and not tell the truth. As long as you are in work, you cannot really tell what is going on.” One should point out that he is still in work, at Fifa, perhaps the most political of all sporting bodies. What we have instead is a lot of quiet, thoughtful musings on the qualities necessary for management, coaching and playing, with lots of abstract nouns: “The action [today’s manager] needs to take should be based on a three-pronged approach: giving people responsibilities, personalising and openness, through clear and constant communication, based on today’s science.” Roy Keane probably wouldn’t have written that sentence. Arsène is also a hardworking man even in his 70’s he works out for 1,5 hour every morning. He gave it all to his purpose and is an all around great man.A hugely disappointing book. The footballing content is abysmal, especially the Arsenal part. Wenger spent 22 years at Arsenal and merely glosses over the two decades in such an inconsequential way that beggars belief, though his self-aggrandisement is prominent throughout. In the years following they would holiday on Dein’s boat, and the Arsenal board member would watch Monaco’s matches in France. After some time in Japan, the invite to manage Arsenal arrived. He loved Real Madrid as a youngster Apart from that, I believe book is a must read for anyone who intends to go the distance in the field of management. For instance, how manage difficult characters, how to make sure your employees achieve more than they are doing it now. Importance to help make them realize that what you achieve as human being is far more important than what you achieve as the professional.

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