Wengerball At The Arsenal

By Mark Hamilton

Poetry, Sports | Paperback, eBook


“STAND UP… FOR THE ARSENAL!” Arsène Wenger’s 22 year tenure at Arsenal brought ‘champagne football’ and incredible early success – followed by years of disappointment and difficulty. This series of lyrical and bittersweet poems charts the highs and the lows during that second phase, culminating in the FA Cup triumph of 2014 and on through the last years of Wenger’s reign. This poetic diary is in part a love letter to Arsenal and the sumptuous football that Wenger instilled, and in part a despairing enquiry as to why the fortunes of the club one supports seem to matter so much… It is also a tribute to the figure of Arsène Wenger who created a style of play that was so breathtaking in its beauty. But in the spirit of football, this is also a ‘collection of two halves’! The Arsenal poems are supplemented by a series of other poems, some on a sporting theme and some that reflect on the wider undercurrents and preoccupations of life.


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“STAND UP… FOR THE ARSENAL!” Arsène Wenger’s 22 year tenure at Arsenal brought ‘champagne football’ and incredible early success – followed by years of disappointment and difficulty. This series of lyrical and bittersweet poems charts the highs and the lows during that second phase, culminating in the FA Cup triumph of 2014 and on through the last years of Wenger’s reign. This poetic diary is in part a love letter to Arsenal and the sumptuous football that Wenger instilled, and in part a despairing enquiry as to why the fortunes of the club one supports seem to matter so much… It is also a tribute to the figure of Arsène Wenger who created a style of play that was so breathtaking in its beauty. But in the spirit of football, this is also a ‘collection of two halves’! The Arsenal poems are ...


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I live in Bristol in the UK and, for my day job, work as a freelance copywriter. I have published several collections of poetry including 'In Badock's Wood and Other Poems' (daisyPress), as well as a novella for younger readers in which I introduced a new superhero - Slow Motion Man!




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