Arséne Wenger – Comeback King of Cool
Been a while since I paid graphic tribute to the Comeback King, Arséne Wenger – our much-maligned manager – who seems to be on the brink of a resurgence of sorts. I don't want to jinx anything, but this may be the year that he can turn to us all, blow us a raspberry and say, “I told you so..!”
Except, the thing is: he won't. Because that's not how he rolls. Even when he loses his cool, he's cool.
Le Prof has a number of remarkable talents besides being a football genius… His turns of phrase, his poker face, his twinkle-eyed dodging of a barbed interrogation. His Wengerisms are a little bit amusing, as is the cartoonish war he wages with that puffy-coat zipper.
But possibly my favourite image of Wenger is the one below – commissioned by Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks – where Wenger's frustration finally forces him to physically abuse an inanimate object: in this case, a water bottle…
I'm amazed by how simultaneously gangly and balanced he looks. Like a ninja flamingo. Or a Lippizaner giraffe. But the best thing about it is the suit… How cool?
So: here's my interpretation of it. There's a slight Shag-gy (Space Age Bachelor) feel to it… It's the first time I've experimented with the cut-paper look.
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