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In September 1996 a Frenchman, so little known in English football the newspaper headline ran “Arsene Who?”, walked into Arsenal. In the subsequent twenty years as manager he has transformed the club. English football's longest serving manager has overseen a period of radical change. His experience spans across the spectrum from complex challenges to historic success.
The Wenger Revolution chronicles this fascinating era through the combination of distinctive photographs taken from the inner sanctum, and words from Amy Lawrence.
This is a stunning photographic journey, based on the images captured by official club photographer Stuart MacFarlane, who has had exclusive access for many years. Publication coincides with the twentieth anniversary of Wenger's arrival in England.
The Arsenal he joined bears little resemblance to what the club looks like as we approach 2016. A total renovation in terms of training, stadium, style, economics and a global audience has taken place under Wenger's instruction.
His successes illustrate what a sensation he created in English football. He is regarded as a guru of new football methods, getting a club with a traditional English culture to give up drinking, modernize diet, embrace new training methods, and play with a panache that ripped up the stereotype of Boring Arsenal. The Wenger Revolution is worth commemorating, and this book will do so in style.
Amy Lawrence has watched football avidly since her first trip to Highbury at the age of six. She has written about the game, mostly for the Guardian and the Observer, for over 20 years, and broadcasts, mostly for BBC 5 Live, on radio and television. She was the FSF Football Writer of the Year in 2014. She has written two acclaimed books about Arsenal, Proud to Say That Name and Invincible.
Stuart MacFarlane has been a sports photographer for over 25 years. Stuart's first commissioned shoot for Arsenal was in 1990 and in January 2001 he joined the Club as their Staff Photographer. Most of Stuart's time is spent around the 1st team squad covering matches, training sessions, player features and exclusive behind the scenes images of the players and staff.
Stuart has won a number of awards but the most notable is Life magazine's “Best image covering the world of sports” in 1999.