Arsène Wenger names a football loser’s songs

Arsène Wenger names a football loser’s songs


norman lebrecht

November 24, 2020

The long-serving Arsenal manager appeared on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs.

Two of his eight tracks were about losers.

Full list here.



  • We privatize your value says:

    Spurs fan, are you, Sir Norman? 🙂

  • Derek says:

    Amusing association.

    His selections show that he like songs about life, hope and feelings. I do too.

  • Le Křenek du jour says:

    There is a third track about a loser on Wenger’s list, hidden in plain sight: Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, if one considers its French original, « Comme d’habitude », by Claude François, co-written with Gilles Thibaut and Jacques Revaux in 1967.
    Paul Anka adopted and adapted it in 1968, then proposed it to Frank Sinatra in 1969. The rest is history.
    But the tone and outlook of the French original is one of quiet resignation and subdued despair, not of retrospective triumphs.

    Here is a comparison:

  • Peter San Diego says:

    No Debussy (“Jeux”)? No Honegger (“Rugby”)?