Author: John Cross
Number Of Pages: 432
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
When Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996, he was little known to fans at the club and many doubted he could bring back the glory days of George Graham. But soon he was transforming the way the team played, melding the famous English defensive spine of Adams, Keown, Dixon, Winterburn and Seaman with a hugely creative foreign attacking spirit, epitomised by Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, that could both outplay and outmuscle their rivals.
At the same time, he introduced new ideas on diet, exercise, training and tactics, which many players believe extended their careers. Having won numerous trophies, and led the Invincibles to an unprecedented unbeaten league season in 2003-04, Wenger then had to help the Gunners through the next stage of their development when they moved from Highbury to the Emirates, a move that was followed by a nine-year trophy drought.
John Cross's assesses the scale of Wenger's achievements, as he closes in on 20 years in charge of Arsenal, and provides the most comprehensive portrait of the Frenchman ever published.