Former Arsenal chief executive David Dein has voiced his support for Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman rested a number of our players only to lose against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night, he told Arsenal Fan TV.
Dein will always be remembered as the man who was responsible for our greatest ever manager joining us in 1996 and the two are still very good friends.
Wenger is under intense pressure from the fans after was has been an average start to the season following a diabolical transfer window in which he failed to sign an outfield player.
Dein will forever defend his accomplice and his quotes could’ve easily been attributed to Wenger such is their similarity to the manager’s previous comments.
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“He’s extraordinarily able and I know he gets criticised from time to time but you know he’s been a coach for 30 years and it’s very easy for people to criticise him [when] they’ve never coached a team before,” Dein told the fan channel.
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“You want to win the Premier League and you want to win the Champions League and we understand that, everybody does. There’s nobody more cognisant of that fact than Arsene himself.”
There is a genuine school of thought among fans that Wenger hasn’t been himself since Dein’s departure in 2007 with our former director in charge of conducting transfers.
While he was successful during his time here, it’s difficult to determine how Dein would’ve fared in today’s erratic and preposterous market.
Wenger has almost taken on all of Dein’s role over the past nine years and it remains to be seen who the manager answers to these days.