Arsène & Arsenal
The Quest to Rediscover Past Glories
By Alex Fynn and Kevin Whitcher
Online shop price: £8.99
In this long awaited sequel to the best-selling Arsènal - The Making of Modern Superclub (first published in 2008 with new editions in 2009 and 2011) Alex Fynn and Kevin Whitcher examine the current state of Arsenal FC and their performance on and off the pitch since 2011.
Has head coach Arsene Wenger become a 'Specialist in Failure' (an accusation levelled at him by Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho) or does he oversee one of the best run clubs in world football?
Critics of Wenger cite his failure to replace key players, to adapt to the modern transfer market and an over-reliance on inexperienced players as reasons to doubt the Frenchman, while supporters point to the fact that Arsenal have qualified for the riches of the Champions League (Europe's most prestigious tournament) for 18 years in a row with a team that always plays attractive, attacking football as reasons to believe that the 2014 FA Cup is just won of many trophies still to be won by Wenger and Arsenal.
Fynn and Whitcher have spoken to ex-players and to key members of staff at Arsenal to look at every facet of the club. From player wage structure to commercial activity, from youth team setup to transfer policy, from Board structures to the the fitness regime and seemingly endless string of injuries, the authors leave no stone unturned in their quest to explore the real story of Arsenal football club and their enigmatic manager.
Alex Fynn is a football guru, and I'm always interested in what he has to say.
Arsène Wenger, June 2009
A Cultured Left Foot
A worthy successor to Arsènal: The Making Of A Modern Superclub.