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Arsenal: The Making of a Modern Superclub Paperback – August 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing Ltd (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905326602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905326600
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,542,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Treat Arsenal as an insight into Arsene Wenger and you won't be disappointed.' Patrick Barclay, The Sunday Telegraph 'An excellent work of reference to a tumultuous period.' Independent on Sunday 'fascinating' The Observer 'shrewd and well-informed' The Guardian 'at last a football club that reflects the age' When Saturday Comes

About the Author

Alex Fynn is a highly respected author of Arsenal books, including The Glorious Game, Heroes and Villains and The Great Divide as well as numerous titles on the politics of football.

Kevin Whitcher is the editor of the highly influential Arsenal fanzine, The Gooner, co-author of The Glorious Game and author of Gunning for the Double – the Story of Arsenal's 1997/98 Season. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An absolute must read for any Arsenal fan.
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It is a club which is very well managed and the team manager has achieved remarkable resuts over the years.
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Before I bought the e-book I had heard really good things about this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Usni on March 20, 2013
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I love reading about the business side of sports, and 'Arsenal the Making of a Modern Superclub' delivers on this front.

The book starts by detailing the transition from George Graham to Arsene Wenger. What I loved was the snapshot of English Football before the coming of the Premier League and massive amounts of TV money as it contrasts so much with the football world we live in now.

The book mainly focuses on Arsene Wenger (as Moneyball does with Billy Beane) and how he brought new methods of training, diet and fitness (English footballers eating healthy was apparently a foreign concept until Arsene introduced it) as well as a devilishly effective instinct for buying and selling players.

Arsene's moneyballesque ability in his early days to buy cheap young players and then unsentimentally sell them off after they became stars(at the height of their value)for massive amounts of money then repeat the cycle with younger, cheaper replacements is very entertaining to read. The book details how one time Arsenal's principal striker Ian Wright got injured. Arsene with some hesitancy replaced him with Nicholas Anelka, Anelka immediately propelled Arsenal to a league title and Wright (who had wanted a transfer earlier) was promptly discarded then years later Anelka was sold for the massive amount of £23 to Real Madrid thus resulting in the subsequently built new training centre being jokingly called "Nicholas Anelka Training Ground" because his transfer fee essentially paid for it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hikki on October 28, 2011
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I read this book in 2 days. Arsenal is a club that I am very passionate about. Before I bought the e-book I had heard really good things about this book. I think the novel is a little bit unknown out there because I follow many Arsenal blogs and not many talk about this book. The book is about the culture of the club, finances, training methods, and the board room. Wenger is in the middle of it all. Wenger is a smart and intelligent man, but I have always known that. This book only confirms that Wenger is not perfect but he truly loves this club and wants the best for it. Wenger created the modern Arsenal.
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There is no question that this is a comprehensive history of the building of Arsenal over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, it is poorly written. The syntax is often disorganized and overly laborious, and there is no flow at all to the writing; paragraphs seem to have been assigned randomly, rather than naturally flowing into one another. The result is that the book, which should be enjoyable to read, isn't particularly, and it becomes a hard slog.

My other comment is that the book focuses a lot more on the business of Arsenal, including decisions made by the board, and not as much on the team or the sport itself. This is fine, it's just better that the reader know this in advance.

For what it is, this is probably the best book out there on this subject, but be forewarned -- it isn't what you'd call a page turner.
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An absolute must read for any Arsenal fan. Great inside information on the club's transformation into a super power and the move to the Emirates.
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This book charts the changes at Arsenal which place took since Arsene Wenger's arrival in 1996. Highlights include the building of the new Stadium at Ashburton Grove, the departure of David Dein, and the arrival of Stan Kroenke. All the key personalities are interviewed, from the Chairman of the Board to the playing staff.

If all you've ever watch are the matches, this books makes you understand a bit more what it takes to the run a world class football club. All in all, it makes one appreciate Arsenal football club even more.
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The book title immediately caught my attention. It is a club which is very well managed and the team manager has achieved remarkable resuts over the years.
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