Arsène Wenger has been shortlisted for The Guardian's inaugural Public Language Champion award.

The award seeks to celebrates individuals who have made exceptional use of an additional language, or who have championed the importance of learning one.

Wenger, who speaks French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese, is nominated alongside the sailor Ellen MacArthur, actor Larry Lamb, comedian Eddie Izzard and the BBC patron Zeinab Badawi.

Voting is open to the public until Monday, October 14.

To vote for the Arsenal manager, click here.  

Arsenal in the Community has championed language learning for a long time through its 'Double Club' programme - an innovative scheme which aims to fuse football and education to form a fun and enjoyable way for young people to engage with their academic studies.

For more information about the programme, please visit or contact


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10 Oct 2013