Arsenal fan Alan Samson signs up revered manager
Alan Samson, chairman & publisher at Weidenfeld, has signed the first ever autobiography of longtime Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger. During Wenger's time in charge (1996-2018), Arsenal won the League and FA Cup double twice, and Wenger's "Invincibles" team went through the 2003/04 season undefeated.
Weidenfeld has UK and Commonwealth rights in My Life in Red and White, bought through Hachette sister company JC Lattes, which signed world rights directly from Wenger. Publication will be in autumn 2020.
Samson 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."