• Wenger

  • My Life and Lessons in Red & White
  • By: Arsène Wenger
  • Narrated by: Arsène Wenger
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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In Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White, world-renowned and revolutionary soccer coach Arsène 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. 

  • 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 
  • Wenger popularized 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-listen for Arsenal fans, soccer fans, athletes, trainers, business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. It's the story of one of the most revered and successful coaches - and his tactics and vision - in the world's largest sport. 

Makes a great gift for diehard soccer fans around the world. Add it to the audiobook "shelf" with books like Alex Ferguson: My Biography by Alex Ferguson, Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography by David Beckham and Tom Watt, and Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty.  

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

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Nostalgic but not overly compelling

As an Arsenal fan for the past 15 years I can appreciate this audio book especially as its read by Arsene. But really there’s not anything in here most Arsenal fans don’t already know. I knew he would be too classy to dish out the dirt, but was hoping for more “behind the scenes” stories and there’s not too much of that. So yeah. Overall ok but I was hoping for much more insight.

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An Inspiration

Arsene is an inspiration to many young Arsenal fans. His life is exemplary and you can listen to him for days without getting weary. This is an excellent biography.

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Missed opportunity

I come from this as a lifelong, avid Arsenal fan who followed his career with Arsenal very closely, and see him as the best manager the club ever had both for results and how they were achieved.
I was really disappointed with the book, mainly because I did not learn anything that I didn't already know, and not because I have read other biographies. What I know came from simply following the team over the years. Many things that I thought could have been entire chapters were condensed into a paragraph, or a sentence and in some cases not at all. For the most part the book is a chronology that you probably could largely construct yourself if you were a fan at the time and had a few hours to research on wikipedia.
I think his objectives in writing the book were to recognize a number of people, to justify the stadium move and consequences of that, to reflect on his achievements and finally, to remind us how many offers he turned down to stay with Arsenal. All of this is understandable in any autobiography but I felt there was room to do that and so much more.
When reading about someone, and even more so when listening to their voice as I was with the audiobook, you want to get more of what was in their head, what were they thinking that they couldn't say at the time, what regrets did they have and what would they have done differently with the benefit of hindsight. He mentions two regrets that I won't spoil here but they were the briefest of mentions.
For me, and for most of the audience for this book who I am sure are Arsenal fans like me, he doesn't get to many of the questions I would love to ask him given the chance, such as, what really happened with Ashley Cole, why was the 2004 team dismantled so quickly and none of them retained as coaches, how in the name of God was Manuel Almunia considered a goalkeeper, and many more. But you aren't going to get any of those answers here and that's why I call it a missed opportunity....for the fans who will read the book, rather than who wrote it. He, I think, got what he wanted from this.
I was happy to hear him give credit to George Graham which is something I never heard him say before, and maybe that alone made it worth the price for me.

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Very disappointed with this book

Was expecting a tell all book but got a very long PR piece and the fact that the author choose to do the audio book certainly did not help matters. This book is an analogy of Wenger’s later years at Arsenal
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Wenger did a Wenger

it's good but missing juicy details on transfers I wanted to hear. I'm not sure what I was expecting from a man who kept so much close to his chest.

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Fascinating deep dive

was really great to listen to the book as read by the author himself. It is easy to feel the words as he speaks them. A fascinating deep dive into one of Soccer's great minds.

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Arsenal fans will enjoy this

Fans of Arsenal will enjoy, perhaps adore this book. Fans of football/soccer in general, maybe not so much.

It's great to hear the Professor's voice, telling his own story. It's a very point to point story: I grew up, I played football, I became a manager, I managed here, here, here, then I arrived at Arsenal. Maybe his clinical approach to life and storytelling is what made him a great football manager, but it's not enthralling for the reader. The players that were so key to the Arsenal titles of the late 1990s and early 2000s get short shrift: the names Ian Wright and Thierry Henry are barely mentioned. One thing that the book is missing is any feeling of what it meant to win the league titles and FA Cups that made The Invincibles an all-time great team. That may be just the way Wenger remembers those times, as goals that were to be, and were, achieved, but it might have been enjoyable to hear a bit more about the emotion surrounding those wins.

What gets a lot of attention is how Wenger saw the move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium. We get a lot of information about the need for the new stadium, the costs, how the costs affected the wage budget, how the wage budget could not exceed 50 percent of total expenditure, and that it had an impact on the team's performance on the field. All of this confirms something I as an Arsenal fan suspected for years: that Arsenal's board wasn't so concerned with results on the field as long as the bottom line results were positive. Wenger seems to be ok with that, based on his recollection. Unfortunately, as Wenger and Arsenal discovered, once winning becomes secondary, it quickly becomes even less than that. This is symptomatic of current owner Stan Kroenke and all of the teams he owns in various leagues, that they are not contenders for championships: Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, and of course Arsenal.

I'm glad I listened to this book and I enjoyed it. If you are a fan of Arsenal and/or Arsene Wenger, you likely will too. Anyone else? I'm not so sure. The book could have used a better edit and a bit more organization.

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Great book from a class act!

For me- Wenger represents a class act that we football fans don’t see as much in the game anymore. He brought a beautiful style of football to Arsenal, that stood the test of time, while also bringing a sense of class and decency to the game, which sadly is becoming extinct (in my opinion).

I would have loved to have him talk more about the dynamics of his Arsenal teams in this book, but I was very impressed with his assessment of the game and clear thought process into his current position at FIFA and how he sees the future of the game.

All in all, an enjoyable listen, and fantastic insight into the mindset of a true giant of the game!

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Merci Arsène!

Beautiful story of success and commitment. Truly inspiring and motivational. I'm grateful for his example!

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Wenger is legend and class

Wenger is very honest regarding his life, growth, failures and successes. Not only is he a true arsenal legend but he is a class act and a world football legend and true ambassador to the beautiful game!