The Professor

The Professor : Arsene Wenger

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Idealistic, passionate and scientific, Arsene Wenger led the modernisation of English football.

A star-maker who identifies and nurtures talent, he also opened the door for foreign coaches like Houllier, Eriksson, Ranieri and Mourinho. He is Arsenal's most successful and longest-serving manager and the only manager in FA Premier League history to go through an entire season without a loss.

Now completely revised and updated to include Arsenal's triumphant campaign to the 2006 Champion's League final, Wenger's induction into the English Football Hall of Fame and all the highlights from the 2007/08 season,The Professor tracks the highs and lows of Wenger's decade at Arsenal, his teams, his methods, his successes and failures, and asks what the future holds for the man who reinvented the beautiful game.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1x8 b/w illustration section
  • 0753513447
  • 9780753513446
  • 456,666

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'A lively, quirky and clever analysis' Time Out

When the fans sing, 'One Arsène Wenger, there's only one Arsène Wenger,' it's an understatement.

The French technocrat needed owners who trusted his ambitious, radical ideas, and Arsenal became the ideal vehicle for him. That's why he has stayed so long, won seven trophies, transformed the brand, and put Arsenal on the world stage. Arsenal is a club where the directors do not interfere in the football side, so it suites Arsène Wenger perfectly.

An Arsenal reporter for ten years before Wenger arrived in 1996, Myles Palmer already knew the club intimately. He has studied Wenger's methods and obsessions for twelve years and The Professor vividly charts the changes, season by eventful season, including the dramatic Champion's League final against Barcelona, the historic move to the Emirates Stadium, the sale of Thierry Henry, the exit of David Dein, and share acquisitions by billionaires Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov.

Myles Palmer has written about football for the Scotsman, 90 Minutes, FourFourTwo, and the Scottish Sunday Herald, and appeared on radio and BBC's Newsnight.
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Review Text

"I am tempted to conclude that Palmer's take is the right one."
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Review quote

"I am tempted to conclude that Palmer's take is the right one." * Melvyn Bragg, The Times * "Lively, quirky and clever" * Time Out *
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About Myles Palmer

Myles Palmer has written about football for the Scotsman, 90 Minutes, FourFourTwo and the Scottish Sunday Herald, as well as appearing on BBC's Newsnight. He is also a feature writer and rock critic.
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