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Arsenal: The Making of a Modern Superclub Paperback – August 10, 2009
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For the last six years, Wenger has continued single-mindedly to follow his ideals, even while the club has fallen short in the quest for trophies. But the style of play he insists upon has filled the club's state-of-the-art new stadium with high-paying fans. The true conclusion to this book can be written only when the Financial Fair Play rules take effect. They hold at least the promise that Wenger's methods will once again place Arsenal at the top the English league.
In the meantime, this book is a wonderful history of Arsenal's last twenty years, and provides a window into the growth of the Premier League and world football in that time.
One HUGE blunder is his misreading of the history of North American major sports leagues. He actually thinks they evolved as leagues first then teams second. Maybe if you're talking about expansion teams from the '60s onwards but all our leagues started because a group of teams formed leagues. Did he really honestly think the NFL began by going, "OK, we're going to start a football league as a business. We need to find a city where we can make the most money possible. I know! Let's place a teams in Green Bay, Wisconsin!" I guess the author had no access to a library or the Internet to research how "our" leagues over here started much the same as "his" precious football (soccer) leagues (and his rugby or cricket ones as well) did.
P.S. Just FYI, I'm a lapsed Arsenal supporter only just now getting back into the club decades later after they transferred my fave player Liam Brady back in 1980. There ya go.
I recommend this book if you are interested in the economics of running a soccer club, but I can't recommend it as possessing a strong narrative or shedding much light on Arsene Wenger and the players on the field.
Worth buying, its about Arsenal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book ... Great Christmas present. FAST shipping. Thank you!Published 13 months ago by Gerri Merced
Excellent understanding of what came before and how Wenger made what happened next- and how this changed EPL's mindset towards game.Published on October 4, 2013 by Simone