Former vice-chairman David Dein has come to the defence of Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal manager is under increasing pressure after a summer of relative inactivity in the transfer market and a less than convincing pre-season.
Yet Dein, whose son Darren is doing everything he can to arrange the transfer of Arsenal’s best player to Barcelona, just like he did with Thierry Henry, is convinced Wenger is still the man for the job.
“People have to remember what he’s done and achieved”, he told BBC 5 live. “It’s easy in life to get rid of people but then what? Getting someone better is the trick.
“He will admit he has probably had the most difficult couple of years of his career … but you underestimate Arsene at your peril”.
And despite the lack of transfer business Dein believes Wenger has something up his sleeve.
“I know for a fact that he is looking to bring in two or three more players if he can. Arsene is very focused and determined – I see him regularly and he still has as much fire in his belly as he had when he started. He wants to win. I do believe in his ability”.
Meanwhile, current chief executive Ivan Gazidis will hold a meeting with members of AISA (Arsenal Independent Supporters Association) at Emirates Stadium tomorrow evening at 6.30pm.
The event is for paid-up AISA members ONLY. If you wish to attend the meeting and are a lapsed member, or wish to join for the first time, you can do so at http://www.aisa.org/join-aisa/join-online (cut-off time for this meeting is 4pm on Monday).