The Wenger Revolution

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In September 1996 a Frenchman, so little known in English football that fans asked “Arsène Who?” walked into Arsenal. In the subsequent 20 years as manager he transformed the club.

This fascinating era is chronicled from the very beginning with distinctive photographs taken by official Arsenal photographer Stuart MacFarlane in the new book The Wenger Revolution: Twenty Years of Arsenal.

To celebrate, we have two exclusive images from the book that we can share with comments from the man himself.

Arsenal v Leicester City. FA Premiership. Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, on May 15, 2004

“This is the final whistle of the final game unbeaten. For me it was my life dream. You work in a job where you never really know how good you are, but I didn’t think you can do more than go a whole season undefeated. To realise that life dream is a bit frightening, but it didn’t kill my hunger. ” Arsène Wenger

Patrick Vieira with the F.A. Carling Premiership Trophy after the Arsenal 4:0 win against Everton, May 3, 1999

“Here is the man who maybe gave me the first credibility. Because he is here with a trophy, he looks very happy, he was an exceptional football player. When you think at the time you buy an exceptional football player for 5 million dollars … That does not exist any more. I remember having bought Patrick while I was in Japan. He was signing at Amsterdam for Ajax, and I intercepted him. The first time he played, he came on in the first half, it was a shock to people. He was like a genie from the lamp. ” Arsène Wenger


Extract taken from The Wenger Revolution: Twenty Years of Arsenal by Amy Lawrence. Foreword and commentary by Arsène Wenger. Photography © Stuart MacFarlane.

Published by Bloomsbury, £20 hardback/ £17.99 eBook

At least 8% of the publisher’s net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Arsenal Foundation (Charity No. 1145668).

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