Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has given his backing to Arsene Wenger and claimed that fans who call for his dismissal have short memories.
Dein and Wenger worked together until his departure from the club in 2007, and although he sold his £75m shareholding to Alisher Usmanov’s ‘Red and White holdings’ the pair remain close friends.
Speaking to the Mirror, 69 year old Dein said, “People underestimate Arsene, because he’s done a phenomenal job there.
“He’s transformed the club, off the pitch with the training ground and the stadium, and on it with the way Arsenal have played and being in the Champions League every year. That’s not an easy task.
“Arsene has made average players into good players and good players into world-class players and he’s done a phenomenal job for the club. Let’s hope he can keep going.
“It’s about getting the right talent. Clearly as we’ve seen this season, Arsene knows where he needs to improve the squad and I’m sure he will – if he gets the opportunity or if the talent it there. It’s not easy to find.”
And although fans are frustrated at the lack of January spending, Dein says Wenger is well are of the problems his team has.
“He’s got a decent team. If they’re going to be good enough it’s another story. But if anyone knows the short-comings he does. He’s been a coach for 30 years. He must have been involved in over 1,500 games.
“When fans start questioning him, like they have done recently with some of the chants, I find that very hurtful.
“It’s the old story – people have got short memories. They seem to forget what he has achieved for the club.
“Arsenal, as a football club, are respected around the world, and much of that is because of what Arsene Wenger has achieved: the results and the players he has brought in and developed.”