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GCR Books

GCR books for Autumn 2012

GCR Books has published two brand new books of great interest to all Arsenal fans, "Arsenal - The French Connection" by Fred Atkins and "The Wenger Code" by Richard Evans.

These titles are discounted on the GCR website at £14.99 & £13.99 respectively but the publishers are offering AISA members an additional 15% saving by using discount code AISA2012 when ordering direct from GCR Books at .


gcr_books_oct_2012_arsenal_the_french_connection.pngArsenal - The French Connection by Fred Atkins

The Royal Arsenal, for most of its existence, produced weapons destined to kill Frenchmen. In 1886 its workers formed a football club that would become one of the most powerful in England, but it was a Frenchman who a century later turned Arsenal into one of the most popular teams in France - and the world.

Arsenal – The French Connection is the story of the men behind this transformation, especially Arsene Wenger, whose father cheated death on the Russian front and who himself had to battle corruption and match-fixing in French Football before becoming one of the world’s greatest managers.

This book, which doubles as a potted history of French football, has profiles of every French Arsenal player, including detailed chapters on Emmanuel Petit and the multiple tragedies he endured, the circus that surrounded Nicolas Anelka and the bizarre rage of William Gallas.

Read about the mercenaries, the players who didn’t make it, the unsung heroes like Sylvain Wiltord and above all relive the greatness of Petit, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira.

Format: Hardback
Extent: 352 pages
RRP: £18.99
Available from for £14.99


The Wenger Code by Richard Evans gcr_books_oct_2012_the_wenger_code.png

Arsene Wenger; coach, manager and enigma at the heart of one of the greatest London football clubs. He is a walking conundrum of ideas, philosophy, sports psychology and an unwavering sense of self. He is the talisman of a Gunners side who have ridden the highs and the lows of the Premiership, but who in the modern game has employed a unique code of management.

The Wenger Code explores the essence of Wenger’s genius and what makes him standout as Arsenal Manager and leader unmoved by the gargantuan finance of 21st century football. In the no nonsense writing of life long fan, Richard Evans, the reader is given the painful truth, the inspiring truth and the future hopes for Arsenal Football Club as it builds upon the intense vision and belief of one man, one manager, and one code.

With evidence vividly brought to life from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, The Wenger Code is a must read for football fans; as much a book about football management itself as a book about the mighty Arsenal FC.

Format: Hardback
Extent: 224 pages
RRP: £16.99
Available from for £13.99