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5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth adding to your Arsenal library
Another sub-title for this book could be "The Alternative to Financial Doping" because this is essentially the essence of the Wenger Code: good management, financial prudence, nurturing young talent, excellent training and fitness, strict diets and state-of-the-art medical facilities.
In the early years of his Arsenal career the Wenger Code brought Arsene Wenger...
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the amount of transposed text, repeated sentences, half-sentences and truncated paragraphs really detract from the book. Too often I found myself re-reading paragraphs due to the number of typographical errors contained in this book.

The author should have taken the time out and asked someone to proofread the manuscript or Amazon should institute some form of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth adding to your Arsenal library, 7 Nov 2012
This review is from: The Wenger Code: Will it Survive the Age of the Oligarch? (Hardcover)
Another sub-title for this book could be "The Alternative to Financial Doping" because this is essentially the essence of the Wenger Code: good management, financial prudence, nurturing young talent, excellent training and fitness, strict diets and state-of-the-art medical facilities.
In the early years of his Arsenal career the Wenger Code brought Arsene Wenger almost instant success because his ideas and methods were years ahead of his counterparts in English football. Alas the other teams quickly copied Wenger's methods and some leap-frogged Arsenal with the arrival of sugar-daddy owners from Russia, America and the Middle East.
Wenger and Arsenal are constantly reminded that they haven't won any silverware for seven seasons but the playing field is not even at the top of the Premier League and Arsenal and the Wenger Code are struggling to compete with the financially doped clubs that don't need to balance their books.
As an Arsenal fan I knew all of the above before I bought this book but I wanted to hear an alternative view on where Arsenal have been recently and where they are headed. Richard Evans does a good job of answering these points and looks at Arsenal's recent failings in some detail.
Any fan that has followed Arsenal over the last couple of seasons will be aware of how close they came to success and seeing it analysed in print doesn't make it any less painful. However it does help to have the reasons for these failing explained, especially when bad luck and dodgy refereeing play a major part in the plot.
Evans is clearly pro-Wenger but not blind to Arsene faults. He believes, like Wenger, that Arsenal are very close to success. We may find that hard to see after some of their recent performances but there's still a long way to go this season before we'll know if the Wenger Code can triumph again.
This is a good read for Arsenal fans but also for those with a passing interest in the game (Spurs fans, for example!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight, 6 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Wenger Code: Will it Survive the Age of the Oligarch? (Hardcover)
A really excellent book I can't believe someone has given this book a 1-star review. It can only have been written by a Spud or by a competitor because this really is a very good piece of work.As a long-time Arsenal fan I've been as frustrated as the next supporter about the lack of silverware and whilst The Wenger Code doesn't relieve those feelings is does go some way towards explaining why Arsenal find themselves in this situation. The author concentrates on the last two seasons because the club was very close to winning something again. Important matches, such as the 4-4 draw at Newcastle, are looked at in detail because the scorelines alone don't always tell the story of such afternoons.What of the future? Will The Wenger Code surivive the age of the oligarch? This is the subtitle to the book and and question which the future will answer and that FFP may determine.So, is this book 1-star or 5-star material? I believe it's the latter but don't take my word for it. Buy a copy and make up your own mind. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lilting and Excellent; A Thinking Fans Read, 25 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Wenger Code (Kindle Edition)
I was given this book as a gift and even thought the cover alone was effortlessly 'Arsenal' (Stylish and understated).

This book is a superb and delicate football book well worth reading for the casual and serious fan - both will relish it in different ways. Not only does Evans get under the skin of the club, he really obviously knows Wenger (I think they must be personal friends) and 'gets' this quite elusive figure's approach and philosophy.

This book makes even more sense in the light of the recent transfer window, because the chapters explore exactly what went on in the squad in 2011-12, and into the 2012-13 season also. It has depth and offers utter reader enjoyment. Huge backing from me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all Gooners!, 4 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Wenger Code: Will it Survive the Age of the Oligarch? (Hardcover)
I'm not a fan of long reviews so I'll get straight to the point: The Wenger Code is a great book; it's written for Gooners by a Gooner; it's bang up to date and even discusses the departure of Van Persie and the opening games of this season. I loved it, you'll love it, go buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As elegant as the subject, 3 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Wenger Code (Kindle Edition)
This is a stylish and different take on the situation Arsenal find themselves in, a likened to purgatory by some Arsenal fans.
Evans' belief that Arsenal risk becoming a feeder club is not an original one, but he elegantly sums up the frustrations of the last couple of seasons, pointing out just how close they came to winning competitions in the face of serious setbacks.
Focusing on the 4-4 draw at Newcastle, one of the most traumatic results for Arsenal fans in recent seasons, Evans' take is strangely therapeutic.
This is a cut above the average football read and even if the conclusions aren't rose-tinted, I felt better for reading it. An ideal present for an Arsenal fan feeling a bit bruised by the last two seasons.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea but.........., 23 Dec 2013
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the amount of transposed text, repeated sentences, half-sentences and truncated paragraphs really detract from the book. Too often I found myself re-reading paragraphs due to the number of typographical errors contained in this book.

The author should have taken the time out and asked someone to proofread the manuscript or Amazon should institute some form of quality control so the buyer doesn't end up paying for a book that sometimes resembles alpahbet soup.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put it on your Christmas list, 27 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Wenger Code: Will it Survive the Age of the Oligarch? (Hardcover)
If you love Arsenal, love reading about Arsenal and, like me, wonder how Arsenal have failed to win a trophy for eight seasons then this may be just the book for you. Evans, a self-confessed Gooner, makes no apologies for his red-and-white tinted view of the world but he does express some interesting opinions and a few reasons why Arsenal have remained pot-less for so long. If you've not read The Wenger Code then I suggest you start dropping a few hints so that it appears under your tree this Christmas.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ONE OFF BOOK, 14 Mar 2013
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wENGER IS A OLNE OFF INDIVIDUAL THAT SHOWS HIS DEDICATION AND LOVE FOR THE GAME OF FOOTBALL. hE WILL BE HARD TO FOLLOW AS THE MANAGER OF THE GOONERS
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wenger, 26 Jan 2013
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Bought this book for my husband who is an avid Arsenal fan. He thought it was very well written and enjoyed it
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Pointless, 2 Dec 2012
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It's beggar's belief that books like this get published in this day and age, given the breadth and depth of Arsenal blogs available out there.

The book goes over the same topics and subjects that have been discussed ad nauseam on just about every football website and newspaper you can think of. A haphazard regurgitation of the games over the last few (disappointing) seasons, focusing on so-called key points and decisions. There is nothing new in here, and more over (without sounding overly harsh) the author is a relative nobody in terms of Arsenal history so you just don't care about his personal opinions or how he came to support Arsenal. The only thing I seemed to learn throughout the entire book was that some Arsenal staff didn't quite like Seb Larsson. Hardly the most groundbreaking revelation.

Save your money; go over the match reports from Arseblog, Gunnerblog, or any one of the other highly competent blogs out there that have assessed everything in this book in much greater depth, and - quite frankly - in a much better manner. As a final point, this book cost 16 which is frankly scandalous. Especially when it then cheekily made it's way onto the Kindle store for 6 a few weeks later. Total waste of time for everyone involved.
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