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.
Hardcover: 208 pages Author: Amy Lawrence, Stuart MacFarlane Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport (September 6, 2016) Language: English Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
About the Author Amy Lawrence has watched football avidly since her first trip to Highbury at the age of six. She has written two acclaimed books about Arsenal, Proud to Say That Name and Invincible.
Stuart MacFarlane's first commissioned shoot for Arsenal was in 1990 and in January 2001 he joined the club as their official photographer. Most of Stuart's time is spent around the first team squad, covering matches, training sessions, player features and taking exclusive behind the scenes images of the players and staff.
Editorial Reviews "Here, in his own words, Wenger explains about the highs, lows and challenges of achieving his 'life's dream'." - John Cross, Daily Mirror
"A must-buy for avid supporters of the Gunners . . . combines anecdotes from Arsene Wenger himself, alongside beautiful imagery documented by Stuart MacFarlane throughout the Frenchman's twenty year spell in charge. This truly is a time capsule contained between two hard covers - a fantastic tribute to the Premier League's current longest-serving manager." - Chris Linnell, The Boot Room
"Amy Lawrence and photographer Stuart MacFarlane chart the consistency and integrity (and fruitlessness, some would argue) Arsene Wenger has brought to the Gunners under his watch" - Irish Independent
"Few know the Gunners quite like Lawrence" - FourFourTwo