Brace yourselves for bumpy ride as Wenger reveals all in autobiography

Arsene Wenger’s book is scheduled for release in October this year, and Arsenal’s former ‘Invincibles’ manager claims it reveals all up to joining FIFA, including the circumstances which led to his resignation.

The Frenchman will go down in the history books as one of the best ever managers to grace the game, and some would even debate that he was the best ever, although it is hard to argue against the trophy haul of Alex Ferguson.

Despite doing so much for Arsenal FC, the end to his legacy at the club was somewhat tainted, with sections of fans turning on him for failing to bring home enough trophies in his latter years, but since his departure you could argue that we have struggled even more-so.

Wenger announced that he would be leaving the club towards the end of the 2017-18 campaign, and was succeeded by Unai Emery, who only lasted 15 months in the role.

Le Prof was believed to be open to taking on another role before calling time on his managerial career, but no team managed to persuade him to take up another role, and he has sinced become enrolled at FIFA as head of Youth Development.

His book will be released in six months time, and will pose as a must-read for all who wish to succeed in any sense or form, as well as for Arsenal fans of course.

The description of the book is as follows: “In Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White, world-renowned and revolutionary football coach Arsene Wenger finally tells his own story for the very first time.

“Wenger opens up about his life, sharing principles for success on and off the field with lessons on leadership, personal development, and management.

“This book charts his extraordinary career, including his rise from obscurity in France and Japan to his 22 years at the helm of Arsenal Football Club.

“It covers the years of controversy that led up to his resignation in 2018 and his current seat as chief of global football development for Fifa.

“Wenger offers studious reflections on the game and his groundbreaking approach to motivation, mindset, fitness, and the winning edge.

“He [reveals how] popularised the attacking approach and belief that the game should be entertaining.

“Among the most successful managers of all time, Wenger, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Professor’, has won multiple championships and run one undefeated and unmatched English Premier League season.

“This is a must-read for Arsenal fans, football fans, athletes, trainers, business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life.”

Patrick

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28 Comments

  1. Jaydawg says:

    I have a doubt that he will reveal much that we didn’t already know. Only because of one reason and that’s him having a statue built outside the stadium. I’d imagine if he came out and slated silent Stan or any of the hierarchy then he won’t be getting a statue. Arsenal is his legacy this man has no kids.

    1. Raw links says:

      I believe he has a daughter .

    2. jon fox says:

      Actually, he DOES have a daughter, Leah! I ALSO DISAGREE WITH YOUR VIEW AND THE BOOK WOULD BE POINTLESS IF IT TOLD US NOTHING NEW. I do not believe Wenger would even consider writing any book that said nothing new or of import. Exactly HOW MUCH he will reveal though remains to be seen.

    3. ken1945 says:

      Actually Jaydawg Arsene has a daughter.

      Interesting how it’s now being reported that he resigned (as I’ve always claimed) and not sacked.

      Seems some are now trying to backtrack on their original statements, hopefully Mertesackers version of events will prove correct.

      As for the statue if anyone thinks that Arsene would be influenced by that, they have no idea what makes the man tick.

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        I’m sure it will be an interesting read, but there won’t be any revelations because he’s still involved in football, he has a statue soon at the club, and of course the legal ramifications of naming names.

        I imagine there will be only kind words said about Kroenke, given the fact that he kept Wenger on for years past his sell-by-date, and made him one of highest paid managers in the world. Wenger must have felt like one of the luckiest guys around!

      2. ThirdManJW says:

        Wenger was sacked ken1945.

        He always proudly talked many times about not breaking contracts, and even said just before and after he left, that he had hoped to be at the club for many more years.

        Right decision, but 8 years too late, at the very least!

  2. Phil says:

    So Ken- in the summer of 2017, when Wenger was awarded a Two Year Contract, would you not have expected him to have been at Arsenal until the end of season 2018-19? And let’s not forget how often Wenger used to remind anyone who would listen how he had never broken a contract in his career. Funny now
    how he was suddenly prepared to break this one dont you think?
    You and Wenger can spin this between you both however you wish, but I’m still convinced he was sacked, and rightly so. The Club, I believe, allowed Wenger the curtesy of saying he was leaving for cosmetic reasons only.

    1. jon fox says:

      Of course that’s the case Phil and I really cannot work out if KEN is too stubborn to face the clear truth or if he REALLY believes that Wenger resigned.
      Ken is very far from stupid, as we all know so well, so I fail to believe he does not know that WENGER WAS GIVEN A RESIGN OR BE SACKED ULTIMATUM. But Ken has never yet admitted, at least not to me, that ANY of his Arsenal judgements have ever been wrong.
      Wenger finally resigned to avoid the no alternative sacking that would have come and totally ruined his legacy. That is therefore a technical resignation but, in actuality, a sacking as realists will easily know. As it was, he was able to leave with good grace and a deal of shown affection on that day, EVEN FROM folk who had longed for his exit for sometime, since most of us humans are magnanimous when we have got what we want.

  3. Sue says:

    The most anticipated book since…. fifty shades freed 😀
    Looking forward to this one.. I doubt there’ll be anything too juicy – as in dishing the dirt, as we all know what a classy gentleman Monsieur Wenger is!
    Be a best seller for sure!

  4. ken1945 says:

    Well Phil, TMJW and Jon, time will tell who’s interpretation is correct – not long to wait of course.

    I’m more than happy to suggest a £10 bet with each of you that he resigned – care to cover the bet all three of you?

    As for the honouring of contract, he knew it was time to go and, as an honourable man, he did the correct thing, leaving kronkie and gazidis 6 months to find the perfect replacement… Jon’s and TMJW’s choice I believe in UE!?!?

    I look forward to collecting my £60 a, wek after publication.

    Jon if you could tell me what you think I have got wrong with my judgements, I will gladly discuss it with you – can I return the compliment?

    1. ken1945 says:

      Sorry, £30 in winnings… confidence is overflowing!!!

      1. Phil says:

        So my answer to that Ken is quite clear. If Wenger did, as you say resign, that makes him a Person who openly broke a contract so why would I believe anything he would say.
        And I believe he was paid the remaining 12 months of his £9m per season contract was he not? Why would the Club agree to this if he did, as you say, break a contractural agreement?
        The only honourable winner here is Arsenal Football Club. They sacked the manager and paid up the remainder of his contract. Exactly what any Club is legally obliged to do.

        1. ken1945 says:

          As I said Phil, when he resigned, the club were not prepared for this and asked him to stay until the end of the season, in order to make plans for the next manager.

          If they had sacked him, they would have surely have already made plans for his successor, or at the very least put him on gardening leave?

          Because they hadn’t, we saw AW stay on for the rest of the season, while kronkie and gazidis looked for his replacement.

          Of course he was paid for doing this, just as anyone else would be.

          A “sacking” involves the actions seen when the club actually did this with UE – here today and gone tomorrow, dress it up anyway you want, that was not what happened with Wenger andmy friendly wager still stands.

    2. jon fox says:

      KEN AS TO YOUR BET I ACCEPT GLADLY. I say exactly as I also said in my clear post, which it seems you don’t understand for whatever reason, that he was technically offered a resignation on threat of being sacked if he refused to resign THAT IS MY POSITION, AS YOU HAVE KNOWN EVER SINCE HE LEFT. On that basis, I am happy to vastly increase your offered stake.
      As to UE being my choice, I had scarcely heard much about him prior to his appointment, so he was NOT my choice, as you allege. I DID HOWEVER SUPPORT HIM ONCE APPOINTED. I WANTED ALLEGRI AT THAT TIME BUT KNEW HE WOULD NOT TAKE THE JOB UNDER KROENKES OWNERSHIP.
      Also don’t understand how 3 x£10 equals £60 to you. Please explain!
      As for what I think wrong with your Arsenal judgements as you well know, they are mainly to do with you supporting Wenger and Iazy Ozil.

      Perhaps I should also have a bet with Phil on Ozil, THOUGH I CAN’T THINK ON WHAT, AS I FEEL SURE OZIL WILL FIGHT TO STAY TIL THE BITTER END IN JUNE 2021. Hopefully, he won’t succeed but I will not bet on that either way right now.
      BTW Ken, whatever his book says is not PROOF, as you seem to think it will be I ALWAYS JUDGE BY EVENTS AND NOT WHAT IS CLAIMED ABOUT THEM BY MERE WORDS. WORDS CAN BE CHEAP, ACTIONS DO NOT LIE, AS A RULE.

      1. jon fox says:

        Ken, I just noticed you bet correction. No matter. As to your proposed Wenger bet, I CANT THINK HOW WE CAN EVER GET ACTUAL PROOF, not that I personally need any but a bet would need proof to be valid.

        1. ken1945 says:

          Well Jon, you claim he is an honourable man – back up your own judgement and rely on what he says in the book – I am prepared to accept it, as I also believe he is an honourable man… so shall we agree the bet, based on his book?

          1. Phil says:

            Ken-why did the Club pay him the second years salary of his contract if he resigned? That’s another £9m they could have given to MO10 as a bonus.

          2. jon fox says:

            Answer is NO Ken! I need no proof and know the answer already, as does Phil. It is you alone who are out of step and out of all reality in your ludicrous assertion. Being an honourable man does not mean he will tell the whole truth as it would further embarrass him. I do believe though that he may well dish the dirt at least somewhat, on how the owner has misrun things over the years, by keeping him short of spending money. Words never impress me as much as actions and the action the club took was all the proof needed for realists who saw the huge fan campaign to oust him become, finally, accomplished.

      2. Phil says:

        Jon-your already £100 down on this.Surely you won’t want to risk another.
        And for the record both Ken and I joined you in paying over £100 each to The Willow Foundation.

        1. jon fox says:

          Phil, along with very others many we have already donated to Captain Toms fund. I will not bet on Ozil either staying or leaving . I crave his leaving but think it most likely he will see out his contract before leaving.

    3. ThirdManJW says:

      I’ll happily accept that wager ken1945, or anything higher! I’ll bet my house on it! And remember, this is Wenger’s book, and he is so stubborn, so unlikely he’s going to talk about getting sacked, but we’ll wait and see. Like I said, just listen to what Wenger says before and after he left. That’s all the proof needed.

      We have had this debate before about not taking things so literally.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Well TMJW, it seems that only you and I are prepared to back our thoughts.

        Good on you and let’s see how it pans out.

        1. ThirdManJW says:

          I already know how it’ll pan out, like I keep saying, go and listen to what Wenger says just before and after his sacking.

          Seems strange how someone so in love with the club, still making plans for the his future at Arsenal , so stubborn and arrogant, would suddenly leave for no reason?

          Why do think he resigned then? If that is the case. You say he did the honorable thing, but that is contradictory to what Wenger himself said before and after he was gone. Your reasoning makes no sense. It’s likely to not be a medical situation he didn’t want made public, because he’s still very busy, and working in football still.

          I think deep down you know EVERYONE bar you is right on this one, and you’re just being stubborn. You’re in the absolute minority on this one, and for obvious reasons.

          1. jon fox says:

            Precisely! I have learned that Ken will always defend the indefensible til Kingdom come and I have also learned not to fall out with him merely because he is made that way. We are all as we are and none of us are remotely near perfect. In fact even I once made a mistake, though that might seem incredible to mere imperfect other mortals! Many might think it was actually my parents mistake though!

  5. Phil says:

    And Ken-Just so I am sure in my own mind. Is this a £10bet or £20. Whatever it is as I will ask the wife to donate to Major Tom this evening and happily wait for the result whatever way it turns out.

  6. ken1945 says:

    Because they didn’t sack him Phil – you know that if you sack someone, it is either for dishonesty or failure to perform the agreed stated contract.

    You don’t give them another years salary, an extra six months in the job causing even more problems and a massive send off, if you think that person is worth sacking

    The board were caught cold by his resignation and I can only assume that they asked him to stay on that extra time, honouring his salary, enabling kronkie and gazidis to search for a successor, as a reward for the continued abuse and pressure that AW had decided was too much.

    Time will tell and as I know you believe him to be an honourable man, we both hope that he covers this in his book and this question will be answered for all to see.
    I’m ready to accept that conclusion, are you?

  7. ken1945 says:

    Phil and Jon, it seems we’re playing catch up in our replies – so to clarify are we in agreement to accept the writings of AW regarding his resignation / sacking and agree a £10 bet each on the outcome?

    This also applies to TMJW, as he is also firmly of the mind that you both are.

    1. Phil says:

      Ken@1845- I have this evening paid £20 to Major Tom for this bet. That’s not to say I would lose, it’s just a more manly thing to do I believe. ( I had already donated previously this week ).
      Wenger will not divulge anything in his book that shows himself embarrassed. So the “ wording” is all important for him here. But I stand by what I say, which is in tandem with both TMJW and Jon, that Wenger was pushed out. If he hadn’t agreed to go as “advised” then he would have been shoved. That is a sacking Ken, but let’s see how Wenger words ot shall we?

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