My Life in Red and White by Arsene Wenger, Translated by Daniel Hahn (Free Download), Translated by Andrea Reece, There is only one Arsene 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 twenty-two 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-read 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.
My Life in Red and White Review quote
A well-paced and well-thought-out account of one of football’s most iconic and influential figures, and entirely befitting of its remarkable author * Sports Gazette * A predictably brilliant insight into the mind of a man who has long treated football as a matter of, as he puts it, “life and death”. His wit, empathy and unwavering principles have been common knowledge for decades, but never has his all-consuming dedication and obsession been on clearer display * Esquire * Opaqueness has never been this refreshing. It’s honestly nice that this book has just been about the game and the human connections he made along the way. The moments that made Wenger, the good times and the achievements. In a world of sensationalism, public spats and calling out old foes, we can all learn something from that * FourFourTwo * As with his approach to on-field matters, this book puts in an impressive performance — Damien O’Meara * RTE * A surprisingly honest self-portrait of an obsessive, driven man, who decided that the game really could be beautiful, and was prepared to sacrifice himself to that belief * TLS *.
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. He resigned in 2018 and is now Chief of Global Development for FIFA. He lives in London and Paris.