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Credited with revolutionizing one of the biggest clubs in Europe, this highly readable portrait of the shrewd talent scout and sports manager documents how Wenger was a main influence in modernizing the game of soccer. Including exclusive interviews with Wenger, former and current players, family, colleagues, and observers from across Japan, France, and England, this compl Credited with revolutionizing one of the biggest clubs in Europe, this highly readable portrait of the shrewd talent scout and sports manager documents how Wenger was a main influence in modernizing the game of soccer. Including exclusive interviews with Wenger, former and current players, family, colleagues, and observers from across Japan, France, and England, this completely authorized and definitive biography is a testament to his success and dedication in the field—and to the loyalty of players and fans. This incisive account of the man famous for bringing free-flowing soccer to "boring, boring Arsenal" reveals Wenger as a standout in an industry of disposable contracts and ruthless politics, and is essential reading for fans of the game.


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Credited with revolutionizing one of the biggest clubs in Europe, this highly readable portrait of the shrewd talent scout and sports manager documents how Wenger was a main influence in modernizing the game of soccer. Including exclusive interviews with Wenger, former and current players, family, colleagues, and observers from across Japan, France, and England, this compl Credited with revolutionizing one of the biggest clubs in Europe, this highly readable portrait of the shrewd talent scout and sports manager documents how Wenger was a main influence in modernizing the game of soccer. Including exclusive interviews with Wenger, former and current players, family, colleagues, and observers from across Japan, France, and England, this completely authorized and definitive biography is a testament to his success and dedication in the field—and to the loyalty of players and fans. This incisive account of the man famous for bringing free-flowing soccer to "boring, boring Arsenal" reveals Wenger as a standout in an industry of disposable contracts and ruthless politics, and is essential reading for fans of the game.

30 review for Arsene Wenger: The Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah Demster

    Although I enjoyed reading this book because I am a big fan of Wenger as a coach, and Arsenal as a club, I do recognize that there are some short-comings to this book as a balanced picture of Wenger's life and career. It is extremely positive, even to the point of glossing over what could be explored as his weaknesses and/or flip sides to his outwardly presented persona. This book is less well-rounded view and more exploration of that public persona. Fans of the club get stories about their hero Although I enjoyed reading this book because I am a big fan of Wenger as a coach, and Arsenal as a club, I do recognize that there are some short-comings to this book as a balanced picture of Wenger's life and career. It is extremely positive, even to the point of glossing over what could be explored as his weaknesses and/or flip sides to his outwardly presented persona. This book is less well-rounded view and more exploration of that public persona. Fans of the club get stories about their heroes who have worn the uniform and tales of how Wenger made them happen. I don't believe there is anything false here, but anyone looking for a thorough exploration of Wenger as a man will be left feeling a little half full. This book is about Wenger the icon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jake Gutierrez

    Fine biography and a decent insight into the mind of the great Wenger, but direct quotes and interaction are limited, and I found myself just more eagerly anticipating the autobiography that Arsene will one day hopefully write.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shruti Buddhavarapu

    There are of course, two things you're looking for in a biography. One - the story of the protagonist, and two, some goddamn literary merit to the writer. Rivoire is a prolific sports writer (having written too many of these biographies on everyone in the field) apparently, and that only makes me completely suspicious of him. I'd prefer my biography to be written by someone who has a personal story concerning why they chose their subject, etc. In the absence of all that, I'd at least expect a lit There are of course, two things you're looking for in a biography. One - the story of the protagonist, and two, some goddamn literary merit to the writer. Rivoire is a prolific sports writer (having written too many of these biographies on everyone in the field) apparently, and that only makes me completely suspicious of him. I'd prefer my biography to be written by someone who has a personal story concerning why they chose their subject, etc. In the absence of all that, I'd at least expect a little flair for writing, which, I'm extremely sorry to say, is extremely lacking in Rivoire. It's a book about a man I'm increasingly fascinated by, but also a book that hardly features any quotes or anecdotes by him. I'm new to football, so parts of the history seemed too hard for me to comprehend in one go, all these names being thrown around. It's an okay read, I don't think anyone will be wowed by the book, I'd rather wait for Wenger's biography. At best, Arsene Wenger: The Biography is like an ill-researched private detective's sly, behind the scenes reportage; so you might just be better off reading his Wiki page.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hari Ramachandran

    This is a very good read. It's main weakness is that it's not an autobiography, and that's a compliment of course. There are points in the book that left me wanting a bit more detail. Perhaps someone like Amy Lawrence could do more justice. I guess Wenger's critics may not enjoy this book as much because the book talks more about the ups than the downs, and has a very positive vibe to it. Being a fan of Wenger this really didn't bother me too much but a little more probing of his 'failures' woul This is a very good read. It's main weakness is that it's not an autobiography, and that's a compliment of course. There are points in the book that left me wanting a bit more detail. Perhaps someone like Amy Lawrence could do more justice. I guess Wenger's critics may not enjoy this book as much because the book talks more about the ups than the downs, and has a very positive vibe to it. Being a fan of Wenger this really didn't bother me too much but a little more probing of his 'failures' would've made it more complete.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fgunawan

    I found there were too much information on football match statistics which I already knew from newspaper or sports magazine. I believe there are some moments and events from which readers could get more interesting insights rather than general information, but were left disappointed, though it could be a reflection from Arsene distant personality. Perhaps when he retires, we can read another biography, one that exposes him more, not merely his achievements with clubs.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krishna Eluri

    A complete portrayal of the man managing Arsenal Football Club. You will get a complete look into the life of Arsene Wenger, his childhood and adult life, entry into football management and his various stints in world football. Probably the most in-depth account of the man you can ever find. Must read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan R

    Boring man subject of boring biography. Not a single memorable anecdote.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Przybylinski

    Lots of stats and history of Arsenal and Arsene's career. A really good read for Gooners and footy fans in general. It was a quick read for me because I couldn't put it down.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sodhan

    Very well written. Easy to read. Shows the professor like never before. Then again like my other reviews on Arsenal books I am a bit biased.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vekram

    Most inspiring man in football.

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    Steven Kelly

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    Joshua

  13. 4 out of 5

    Swarit

  14. 5 out of 5

    Thibault Valcke

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Imaad Sayed

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    Mike Egener

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    Bjarte

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    Cindy Ding

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    Matúš Straka

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    Mariusz Neroj

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    Teddy Rusli

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adil Osman Adil

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    Farina Salim

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Garg

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