Former vice-chairman David Dein has sent a message to Arsenal fans, telling them they should show under-fire manager Arsene Wenger more respect.
Speaking to the BBC about the possibility of Wenger leaving, Dein said, “That’s always an option open to him because it could come to a stage when he will say, ‘Well, I have had enough.’
“At least that’s how I feel and I feel the fans should feel that. They should at least give him the respect that he deserves for what he’s done. It’s easy to get rid of people and then what?”
While many will feel Dein should offer advice to his close friend rather than Arsenal fans, the man who earned £75m when he sold the shares he bought for £300,000 to Alisher Usmanov claimed to understand the frustration felt by many.
“Last season was particularly difficult because they were nearly there. At one stage, a few months before the end of the season, competing on four fronts and in the end coming away trophyless is difficult, perhaps, to accept.”
Perhaps, indeed. Perhaps almost as difficult to accept as the fact that Dein’s son was a driving force behind Cesc Fabregas’s move to Barcelona and is now lurking around the place as Robin van Persie’s agent. Perhaps.
The full interview can seen on tomorrow’s Football Focus on BBC1.