I imagine it would hurt like mad to see so much of what you built and so many people you helped build up ripped out of the club. He would also be a distraction and might put pressure on his successors all of whom have had a chance to work outside of his shadow. I hope he'll return next season when things are hopefully more normal and Arteta is secure in his position. Hopefully Dein Friar and Graham are there to keep in company. We need reminding of who we are.I don’t understand how such an iconic figure who preaches his love and loyalty for the club after 2 years still can’t bring himself to attend a single home game as guest of honour?
You nailed it with your first paragraph, no backstage stuff. Yes there’s loads about his upbringing, his playing career and previous managerial jobs.Is this book actually interesting? Like does he talk about the backstage stuff or is it all about his time growing up in Alsace and stuff about footballers confidence he use to say in interviews?
If there's not anything juicy or peeling the curtain back on his time at Arsenal then I don't think I really care tbh. I want to hear him talk about building league winning teams, building the emirates, not winning the CL in early 2000s, Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea and their grotesque spending, having to sell his best players, the injury problems, ref's bias towards Man Utd and Fergie etc.
he is a football legend but not an Arsenal Football Club legend. They shat on him.He’s so hurt by the exit he can’t bring himself to enter the stadium that he built just yet.
This is part of his healing, to cut ties with the club completely so he can get used to life without Arsenal. A divorce if you will - this is all confirmed by him btw. He will visit one day.
I don’t know who sh*t in your cereal but you’ve been crying all evening. Ofcourse he’s a legend.
Men like Wenger with values he holds dear and his unwavering commitment to them, are very easy to criticise. We should never get it confused though I am so proud he is synonymous with our club.
You have two icons who spent over two decades at their respective clubs. One knew when it was time to walk away. The other was adamant even when it was obvious to most that he’d taken the club as far as he could.
Now one represents his club like a true ambassador while the other is still sulking, harbours bitterness and resentment and doesn’t seem to want anything to do with the club. Disappointing form from Arsène if you ask me.
Did he talk about all the mistakes he made? Atleast 100’s if you believe his critics. Or did he gloss over it?I've finished the book now. It was kind of what I expected, very classy and taking the high road. It's not a book to settle scores or anything. I think it's impossible to read it and not come away with a heightened appreciation of Arsène Wenger the man.
I'd definitely recommend it, but if you're looking more for the gossipy / tabloid sort of stuff it's probably not going to be to your taste, though there is a little bit of that.
I'd give it an 8/10. Definitely one of the better football autobiographies I've read.