David Dein thinks Arsenal should have done more to keep Arsene Wenger on after he ended his managerial spell with the club, and insists they should bring him back.
Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein thinks the club went around the departure of Arsene Wenger the wrong way, and they should have made a more concerted effort to keep their former manager at the club.
“I thought the club owed Arsene a duty of care, at least a discussion,” Dein said. “We need a change but how do you want this to be done? Do you want to be involved? What can we do? Would you like a different role, would you prefer to exit elegantly? You must have dialogue.
“It didn’t happen in my case, didn’t happen in his. And that really hurt him. I would have done it differently.
“Look, you don’t find a brain like his every day of the week. He’s an Arsenal man, 22 years at the club. Wasn’t his knowledge worth cultivating? Look at where he is now.
“He should have been used by us surely, his knowledge, his skill, his encyclopaedic awareness of players. He’s got to be used.”
After spending the best part of 22 years with Arsenal as their manager, Wenger has taken a hands-off approach to the club since leaving.
He isn’t involved in the day-to-day activities, and he hasn’t taken up a position on the board. More notably, he hasn’t even returned to watch games from the stands, and at one point he stated he doesn’t intend to.
But perhaps Dein’s comments suggest that’s not entirely his choice. Maybe Arsenal need to do more to welcome Wenger back when they are not live football betting on 10CRIC.
Mikel Arteta certainly seemed open to the possibility when he spoke about it last year.
“I would like him to be more present at the club,” Arteta said. “I think the players would love him, benefit, and be inspired to have him around and I think for the club it would be a huge boost.
“It was so intense for him for over 20 years and you need to get away a little bit, but I think it would be so beneficial for all parties to have him more present.”
For the time being, Wenger is working for FIFA and doesn’t appear to be close to a return to his former club.