Celebrating his 71st birthday on October 22nd, Arsène Wenger appears to have well and truly put his managerial life behind him.
Now going from pundit role to pundit role here and there, the former Arsenal manager has also written an autobiography called “My Life in Red and White”, where he looks back on his lengthy career.
As part of the promotional tour, he had a chat with Le Parisien about both the book and certain aspects of his past, including the ending at the Emirates, which he still seems to struggle with a bit.
Part of that decision from those in charge at Arsenal were the mediocre results (by his standards) the team was getting on the pitch, and there was a feeling it was simply time to part ways.
In the book, he states football is a question of life and death, which Le Parisien asked him to expand on.
He said: “Losing, it’s death. Winning, it’s life. Losing means the death of your job, it’s something brutal and extraordinarily painful. At Arsenal, I think I lost one in five games. This job, it’s about being reborn from your ashes all the while thinking you’ve found the solution to the problem.
He also talks about a ‘solitude’ when his time at Arsenal came to an end, to which he explained: “It’s the end of a love story that ends abruptly. I was coming to the end of an adventure, and when you arrive there at 69 years of age, there comes a point…”
Either way, the book is likely to be of great interest to most of the Emirates faithful, who, while most felt it was also time for Wenger to go, will never forget all the highs he created for them during his long and fruitful stint as their manager.