When Arsene Wenger’s book is released in 2020 there will be mile-long queues comprised of Arsenal fans, desperately seeking answers to some of the biggest mysteries from his time at the club.

Comical Wenger

Wenger has teased us that, one day, he will reveal all, but I don’t actually think he’ll do that. Ultimately, while Arsene Wenger’s book will be a fascinating insight into the man we all admire so much, I doubt it will be the great kiss-and-tell we long for.

There are trivial questions that people want answered in Arsene Wenger’s book but plenty of serious stuff too. Plenty went on behind the scenes that left fans feeling bewildered at best and betrayed at worse.

Here are the questions I’d most like to see Wenger answer in his book.

1. How do you really feel about that game against United that ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run?

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal's Jose Reyes (top) flies over Gary Neville of Manchester United during their FA Premier League clash at Highbury in London, 28 March 2004. AFP PHOTO / ODD
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal’s Jose Reyes (top) flies over Gary Neville of Manchester United during their FA Premier League clash at Highbury in London, 28 March 2004. AFP PHOTO / ODD

This question encompasses a number of others: What happened behind the scenes with the pizza? How does he feel about Mike Riley?

As a man who had already been cheated of a league title in France due to Marseille’s corruption, watching the chance to reach 50 games unbeaten at the Theatre of Dreams and home of his nemesis ripped apart by some of the most violent actions you will ever seen on a football pitch, what did he think? How did he feel?

It’s one thing to lose, it’s another to lose like that and for a man with such strong principles as Arsene Wenger, it must surely have sickened him.

Did it?

2.Why didn’t he take more action over the ‘paedophile’ abuse?

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (R) shakes hands with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after their English Premier League football match at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on April 13, 2008. United won the game 2-1. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (R) shakes hands with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after their English Premier League football match at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on April 13, 2008. United won the game 2-1. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Vast swathes of the English media laid the foundations for United fans (and others) to sing songs about Arsene Wenger being a paedophile without evidence or cause.

Why didn’t he sue them or come out more strongly against them when the entire fanbase was on his side?

3. How much did David Dein and then Pat Rice leaving change things?

David Dein was previously the closest thing to a Director of Football at Arsenal.
David Dein was previously the closest thing to a Director of Football at Arsenal.

There’s no doubt that Wenger was better as a coach when he had less off-field things to deal with while the loss of Pat Rice was followed by some of the worst performances in Wenger’s tie.

What was the real impact of their departure?

4. How useless was Ivan Gazidis really?

Milan's CEO Ivan Gazidis looks on prior to the Italian Serie A football match between Torino and AC Milan on April 28, 2019 at the Grande Torino stadium in Turin. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)
Milan’s CEO Ivan Gazidis looks on prior to the Italian Serie A football match between Torino and AC Milan on April 28, 2019 at the Grande Torino stadium in Turin. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

At AC Milan, they already seem to be turning on him and with the arrival of Raul Sanllehi at Arsenal we’re getting glimpses of what Gazidis truly lacked.

What was it like to work with him? Is he really as clueless as he now seems?

5. What is the truth about Arsenal’s post-emirates finances?

BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: In this photo illustration the new £1 pound coin is seen on April 4, 2017 in Bath, England. Currency experts have warned that as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues, the value of the British pound, which has remained depressed against the US dollar and the euro since the UK voted to leave in the EU referendum, is likely to fluctuate. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BATH, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: In this photo illustration the new £1 pound coin is seen on April 4, 2017 in Bath, England. Currency experts have warned that as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues, the value of the British pound, which has remained depressed against the US dollar and the euro since the UK voted to leave in the EU referendum, is likely to fluctuate. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Where you allowed to spend and didn’t? Did the club make you say there was money when there wasn’t?

6. What did you really think of Unai Emery’s football?

Arsenal's Spanish head coach Unai Emery gestures on the touchline during their UEFA Europa league Group F football match between Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates stadium in London on November 28, 2019. - Unai Emery's troubled tenure at Arsenal ended with him being sacked on November 29, 2019 less than two years after being appointed with the club on their worst run since 1992 having failed to win for seven matches. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Unai Emery gestures on the touchline during their UEFA Europa league Group F football match between Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates stadium in London on November 28, 2019. – Unai Emery’s troubled tenure at Arsenal ended with him being sacked on November 29, 2019 less than two years after being appointed with the club on their worst run since 1992 having failed to win for seven matches. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Wenger is too much of a gentleman to tell us that he thinks Emery’s football resembles that of Jose Mourinho, but without the structure, tactics or personality, more than the Frenchman but it must surely have made him more than a little sad to watch the turgid fare Emery served up.

7. Why did the club buy Park Chu-Young?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Park Chu-Young of Arsenal is congratulated by team mates after scoring his teams second goal of the game during the Carling Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Park Chu-Young of Arsenal is congratulated by team mates after scoring his teams second goal of the game during the Carling Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

I realise that this question might not vex as many people as it does me but it really perplexes me and I’d like answers. Wenger and his team bought some weird players during their time at the club but never one more confusing than South Korean, Park Chu Young.

What was that about? Surely it wasn’t just commercial, was it? Had Arsene Wenger even seen him play before the club hijacked his move to Lille and paid £5.85m for him and he described him as ‘true quality’ that will add to Arsenal’s ‘attacking forces’?

Park played just 310 minutes for Arsenal across seven games as Wenger refused to play him, although seven of those minutes came, inexplicably, at Old Trafford.

This article was first written for Paddy Power