'Lifelong Gooner Atkins' detailed trawl through Wenger's career is laced with humour drier than a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, revealing a fine appreciation of both the game and our relationship with our cross channel freres.' Four stars. FourFourTwo Magazine, November 2012
About the Author
Fred Atkins is a journalist who has covered the Tour de France, the Ashes and the Cricket World Cup and a former student of the University of Strasbourg, where Arsene Wenger studied economics. While Wenger used his degree to become one of the world's top football manager, Fred moved from higher education into the field of unemployment and barely noticed the difference. Eventually he became an English teacher and he spent three years working in Greece after getting on the wrong plane at Gatwick, before moving to a French school in Hastings, where lessons almost invariably turned into lengthy discussions about the evils of Manchester United. At some point in the year 2000 he accidentally got a job as a sports reporter on the Maidstone News and he spent three years as the sports editor of the Kent Messenger before going freelance and working for the Associated Press. Fred has supported Arsenal for over 25 years and once, somewhat naively, wore his replica shirt in a bar full of Paris St Germain fans during the 1994 Cup Winners Cup semi-final.