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Arsene Wenger: Invincible – In cinemas from 11 November

ARSÈNE WENGER: INVINCIBLE, the definitive portrait of one of the greatest football managers of all time, comes to cinemas from 11 November, and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 22 November. Available to pre-order now here.

Courtesy of Noah Media Group, the creators of some of the most acclaimed feature-length sports documentaries of recent years (Finding Jack Charlton, Bobby Robson: More than a Manager, The Edge, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans),comes the very first documentary about Arsène Wenger, as told in his own words.

A genius, visionary and obsessive, what Wenger achieved with Arsenal Football Club changed the landscape of the English game and shaped football worldwide.

Featuring remarkable access and previously unseen archive footage, directors Gabriel Clarke (Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager, Finding Jack Charlton) and Christian Jeanpierre draw back the veil on a truly enigmatic figure who discusses, for the first time, the football ‘addiction’ that was both his driving force and his ‘fatal flaw’.

Shot on location in England, France and Arsène’s home village of Duttlenheim, ARSÈNE WENGER: INVINCIBLE is a compelling, intimate insight into a football figure like no other.                 .
 
Framed against the backdrop of Arsenal’s historic “Invincible” season of 2003-04, the first and only occasion a team has gone an entire Premier League campaign without defeat, the film sees Wenger reflect candidly on his revolutionary era at Arsenal and the emotional and personal turmoil that surrounded his controversial exit after 22 years.                              .
 
Gravitas and heavyweight authority is added by an A-list supporting cast, led by Wenger’s greatest rival from the time Sir Alex Ferguson and star players whose careers were impacted by the French coach, including Thierry HenryPatrick VieiraDennis BergkampIan WrightEmanuel Petit and Robert Pires.

Arsène Wenger’s achievements are stunning. His legacy is unique. Never before has he told his story in his own words… until now.

IN CINEMAS FROM 11 NOVEMBER

ON BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD 22 NOVEMBER

Website: arsenewengerfilm.com

Facebook: @WengerFilm

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Twitter: @WengerFilm

Should football fans care where their owners money comes from?

Yesterday the takeover of Newcastle United finally went through.

Following a court case, a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium bought the club for £350m from Mike Ashley.

The Newcastle fans celebrated like they had one the lottery.

Part of the celebrations was due to the departure of Mike Ashley – an owner they have hated from almost the day he took over.

The other part of the celebrations is that they see the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) takeover as a a quick route to winning the league.

Their fans have seen Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG bank rolled to success. And the wealth of the PIF blows all of their owners oit of the water.

They think being owned by PIF will see billions spent on new players and the side bankrolled to their first league title since 1927.

But at what cost would this success be bankrolled to and should fans care?

Amnesty International have urged the Premier League to review their decision and take into account the horrendous human rights issues in Saudi Arabia. They state:

“As with Formula One, elite boxing, golf or tennis, an association with top-tier football is a very attractive means of rebranding a country or person with a tarnished reputation. The Premier League needs to better understand the dynamic of sportswashing and tighten its ownership rules.”

We have mentioned sportswashing numerous times in this blog.

From day one when Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea I questioned whether someone who built his wealth in questionable circumstances should be applauded.

When Alisher Uzmanov looked to take over Arsenal, I took the stand that I did not want his kind involved in Arsenal.

I would rather win nothing than be bankrolled to success by someone with Usmanov’s questionable history.

At Manchester City, the ‘Manchester thanks you Sheikh Mansour’ banner has always left a sour taste in my mouth.

Sheikh Mansour is a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi and deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

The 2021 Human Rights Watch reportfor the UAE makes grim reading.

Manchester City fans turn a blind eye to what is happening in the UAE. The lack of democracy, modern slavery. These things seem to not matter when you are winning trophies.

And the same is seemingly happening at Newcastle.

Their fans seem to not care about the human rights abuses that occur on a daily basis. They just want to be bankrolled to success.

How many of their fans joined a BLM March over the last 2 years. Have pointed out corruption in the Conservative party. Have spoken up against racism and inequality in the UK.

How many of their fans have tweeted that slave owners statues in the UK should be taken down – meanwhile they celebrate slave owners buying their club.

PIF probably will bankroll Newcastle to their first trophy since 1969. It will be written as another glorious story of a sleeping giant returning to its glory days. A bit like Manchester City.

Personally, I would rather win nothing than be owned by a state with a horrendous human rights record that is basically using my club to wash over that record.

I would rather win nothing than be owned by a former KGB agent that earned his billions during the break up of the Soviet Union.

Hopefully I am not alone in this. I have my morals and they will not change regardless of my football clubs success.

But many people do not seem to care who owns their club as long as they are being bankrolled to success.

So I ask the question; should football fans care where the money comes from?

Keenos

0-0 a disappointing result but not a disaster

Are we at the point now where everytime we do not win a game we are going to see an overreaction from fans?

Saturday was a horrendous game.

Neither team played particularly well or looked like winning the game. Just 2 shots on target combined. It was a tough game to watch.

For those fans that went, they would have returned home cold, wet and demoralised.

Brighton in the sunshine is a fantastic place. In torrential rain it is one of the worst towns in Britain. And anyone that has been to their new ground will know it is one of the worst away trips going.

For those that do not know, Brighton’s ground is not actually in Brighton but in a small village outside of Brighton called Falmer.

That means when you get to Brighton, you still have to get another train to make your way to Falmer.

At the final whistle it can take up to an hour to get yourself on a train back to Brighton.

With the weather we had Saturday, being forced to either queue outside the station or standing on an exposed train platform is not a nice experience.

Add this into a limp Arsenal performance and you can understand why fans that went are calling it “one of the worst away days I have been too”.

But despite all the circumstances, the result and weather does not justify the fall out I saw after the game.

If you are going to put yourself into a pit of despair every time Arsenal do not win, then it is going to be a very long season for you..

In fact, if that is your mindset, then maybe sport is not for you – Arsenal will fail to win as much as they do win.

Then there is the weird group of Arsenal incels who seemed to get more joy from Arsenal failing to win then they did when Arsenal beat Tottenham.

These fans have spent the week being negative about the sides victory in the North London Derby. Saying we shouldn’t celebrate the win. But then there they are celebrating Arsenal not winning a game.

This is a really odd group of Arsenal anti-fans that get no joy from Arsenal winning.

I saw Arteta Out trending on Twitter after the game and it just baffles me. It is simply over-reactionary.

Brighton look a good team this season. Just a single defeat to Everton in the opening 7 games. Only Chelsea and Liverpool had conceded less.

Anyone that thought we would turn up a d role them over the as deluded.

Graham Potter has got them set up well. Hard to beat. Well organised and strong at the back.

With their back 3 turning into a back 5, they will be very hard to break down this season.

It is disappointing to not win the game, and we did not play well. Bit drawing 0-0 away to Brighton in those weather conditions is not really that bad a result.

So some advice.

If Arsenal drawing a game sends you into the pit of despair, then maybe it is time you found a new hobby.

Keenos