Arsène Wenger has signed with Weidenfeld and Nicolson for his first ever autobiography, charting the ex-Arsenal chief’s rise to become one of the most successful football managers of all time.
UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired alongside Hachette sister company JC Lattes, which acquired world all language rights directly from Wenger. Publication of My Life in Red and White will be released simultaneously in the UK and France in autumn 2020.
The book sees Wenger discuss his career in depth, including the “Invincibles” season and the challenges of his later years at the Emirates. W&N said it would be backed by an “integrated, dynamic and impactful” marketing campaign.
Alan Samson, W&N chairman, publisher and Gunners fan, said: “Arsène Wenger is the man who changed the entire face of football in this country. He is a revolutionary manager whose influence, not only at Arsenal for an amazing 22 years but also on the national game, has been profound. He altered the habits of players yet far more significantly he opened our eyes and broadened our minds.
“For more than two decades he brought to the Premier League as much vivid colour and excitement as anyone could, exemplified by the silk and steel of his immortal ‘Invincibles’. And talking of excitement, as a lifelong Arsenal fan I can scarcely express my own at the prospect of welcoming the great Arsène Wenger to the invincible Hachette squad and the Weidenfeld & Nicolson team.”