Wenger pays homage to visionary Dein & admits job offers

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Arsene Wenger used his penultimate pre-game press conference as Arsenal manager to thank former CEO David Dein for taking a chance on him back in 1996.

Dein, who left the club in 2007 following a boardroom dispute and went on to sell his 14.5% shareholding in the Gunners to Alisher Usmanov, was a vocal and visible presence in the media and the dressing room during the Frenchman’s trophy-laden first decade at the club.

The duo first struck up a relationship in 1989 when Wenger, having watched a match at Highbury, got talking to Dein’s wife in the directors’ box. It proved to be a serendipitous moment that, via dinner and a game of charades, eventually led to an unknown coach from Strasbourg succeeding Bruce Rioch as Arsenal manager.

“I would like to finish one of my last press conferences to thank David Dein who brought me here,” said Wenger ahead of Wednesday’s game with Leicester.

“He had a special vision for the future for the Premier League and as well he gave me, a foreign manager, a chance when nobody knew me here. I would like to thank him.

“He was always a consistent support through my 22 years. He deserves from me a special thank you because he’s a special man.”

Since news of Wenger’s Arsenal departure broke, Dein has been championing his close friend’s qualities to suitors across the globe. Today, the 68-year-old admitted for the first time that he’s had several job offers.

“Yes, more than I expected,” he quipped when asked about whether contact had been made by interested parties.

“At the moment I focus on doing my job well. I didn’t analyse anything or consider anything.

I want to work well until the last day of my contract, and then after, I will rest a little bit and go from there.

“What is for sure is that I will be active. My brain demands work and is active. I have a huge experience of management and people management. Overall, I will work. What will I do? I don’t know yet.

“I don’t want to go any further on that or into any detail at the moment,” he responded when asked if clubs in England had been in touch.

Wenger was similarly coy on a suggestion, made by Pat Rice, that the game’s biggest regulatory bodies, UEFA and FIFA, could offer him a job.

“Honestly, I don’t know. I have to think about that. I like green grass and I like to walk on it every morning. I don’t know if I’ll continue that, it’s possible.”

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Arsene's Red Tie
Arsene's Red Tie
1 year ago

I just want Arsene to be happy

King Nacho
King Nacho
1 year ago

It’s amazing that someone doesn’t want him to be happy

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles
1 year ago
Reply to  King Nacho

I was just thinking the same thing…. he’s not the manager anymore, you got what you wanted and now you wish him misery, it’s kind of fucked up.

Aminu
Aminu
1 year ago

Obviously those who dont want him happy even after knowing the fact that come next season the man isnt going to be our coach. These same people are just as bad as Piers Morgan… fuck off.. u all can change teams supporting arsenal is not in your DNA.

A P
A P
1 year ago
Reply to  King Nacho

The usual suspects

IamaGoober
1 year ago
Reply to  King Nacho

It would be a great bit of fortune if Arsene were to end up at UEFA … hopefully that would mean we might get a few slightly more favorable ties, and referee’s that don’t send our strikers off during a game for kicking the ball away.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
1 year ago
Reply to  King Nacho

I was also surprised but let’s do not engage into mccarthyism over here.

Easy tiger
Easy tiger
1 year ago

That was a very nice and thoughtful thing to say. I suppose it sums it all up. Someone puseh red, i suppose that was a mistake. It can happen.

Vehcede
Vehcede
1 year ago
Reply to  Easy tiger

It’s been consistently 3 down votes for 3 comments. Some people are just that bitter

Reality Cech
Reality Cech
1 year ago

If he has enough green grass I’m sure he’ll be!

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

I hope he takes his time and picks the right job.

santori
santori
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

I should think he will have no end to offers. But the one I feel is suited to him (if it is offered) will be taking over (likely) from Deschamp post world cup for the National Team. It will be a departure from club football. Having been at one club for so long, it will be a bit unnatural to go straight to another club not to mention he may not relish the constrains at another place. Meanwhile, to some extent there is more time and pace (less pressure) with the National job as the next big event is 2… Read more »

Futsboller
Futsboller
1 year ago
Reply to  santori

But with a national team, he wouldn’t get much time with the players to develop them. I think he would do just fine, but I think he’s more inclined to take a job that puts him on the training pitch 5-6 days a week throughout the year.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
1 year ago
Reply to  santori

I can even see Wenger as the CEO of a telephone company.

Priim
Priim
1 year ago

He’s going to manage the biggest club in North London and resign another contract…come on Wenger screw the haters…

santori
santori
1 year ago
Reply to  Priim

Amazing even in these years of ‘comparative failure’ that he has won more FA cups (or indeed significant trophies) that the Great pretenders and the much lauded media darling Ponch.

Gunnertron
Gunnertron
1 year ago
Reply to  Priim

SURPRISE!!!

santori
santori
1 year ago

David Dein was absolutely visionary in bringing an unknown like Wenger into the club. I’m not sure I trust the current board of have the same level of erudite observance. Mslintat and Sanheli of course have been brought in to replace what Wenger has done so remarkably over the year. Wenger is next to none in identifying, spotting and developing talent. He has made errors but critically, he tends not to over spend so it is of less consequence to our bottom line. This is crucial for a self sustaining club. If anything it was one of the qualities that… Read more »

Easy tiger
Easy tiger
1 year ago
Reply to  santori

Oh come on. That is not a comment, that is a book. But i like it just the same.

Jarghs
Jarghs
1 year ago

Arsenal without Arsene is going to feel very strange for quite some time

Paul
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  Jarghs

It’s also going to be interesting. COYG.

Pedant
Pedant
1 year ago

Biggest thing that weakened Arsene was Dein not being there to do the dirty work behind the scenes. Needed him to stay or get someone like him.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedant

Yeah, it seems like too big of a coincidence to overlook. Dein also had a very good relationship with the dressing room, I wonder if Ivan is so connected to the players?

Aminu
Aminu
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedant

Absolutely I remember after the issue with the board and Dean decided to leave Wenger was also willing to step down as well.. #give me my dean” was his cry… Dean persuaded him to stay despite knowing that the two of them were Bat man and Super man

Bring back David Hillier
Bring back David Hillier
1 year ago

The next manager must have A R S E in his first first name. Narrows the options somewhat.

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Surname would also be fine surely? Let’s not rule everyone out! 🙂

ramgooner
ramgooner
1 year ago

Easy. Overmars.

Anthony
Anthony
1 year ago

Not quite A R S E

But Arsene to Arteta? Close enough?

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese
1 year ago

I’ve been told I have an A R S E for a face. Does that count?

gooner
gooner
1 year ago

Arshavin?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
1 year ago

Allegri already humiliated Sp*rs, that’ll do for me

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
1 year ago

Let’s be creative to get a creative manager : allARdyCE

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

“I like green grass and I like to walk on it every morning”

Such a thought provoking man.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner
1 year ago

It all went wrong when Dein left. It left Wenger with too much power and turned Le Prof into a power-mad dictator. An Arsenal with Dein and Usmanov in charge would have done so much better.

arseblog
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

Yeah, but it was all Dein’s fault. And he sold out.

Martin
Martin
1 year ago
Reply to  arseblog

He was sacked so how was it his fault. Sorry Andrew I don’t understand your point.

arseblog
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin

Because he basically attempted a coup by arranging for Kroenke to buy shares, he’d become chairman etc. That’s why the initial reaction to Kroenke from the board was so negative.

Dein got fired, sold to Usmanov to see if he could take control, got his £75m, and here we are with ownership cold war.

Martin
Martin
1 year ago
Reply to  arseblog

The implication that Dein sold out to Usmanov just to take the money is wrong. He genuinely felt that he made a mistake by backing Kroenke and saw Usmanov as the better man who would have Arsenal’s interest at heart. If Lady Bracewell Smith has sold her shares to Rad and White Holdings it could be a totally different picture.

piggoon
piggoon
1 year ago
Reply to  arseblog

I sense Sacarsm?

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles
1 year ago
Reply to  arseblog

Well lady bracewell Smith also springs to mind….

TeeCee
TeeCee
1 year ago
Reply to  arseblog

Personally I reckon that Arsene isn’t very good at buying players. Very good at identifying targets, but too prone to dithering over an actual purchase.
Back when Dein was around, Arsene would mention that he was keen on so-and-so and Dein would make it happen.
Oddly this would appear to mean that Arsene would work better in conjunction with a dedicated DoF, despite how much he hates the concept.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles
1 year ago
Reply to  TeeCee

I think you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head. He seems to have identified plenty of players since dein’s departure but we seem to have really struggled to get the deals over the line.

   kaius
   kaius
1 year ago
Reply to  TeeCee

It seems David Dein was the last football man he respected at the club (also explains why he went straight to Kroenke to get a new contract instead of waiting for the Board meeting last summer).

Wenger liked the DoF concept the way him and Dein worked it – he just didn’t want that relationship to become “formal” with some rando he wouldn’t respect having a say in his work.

kas
kas
1 year ago
Reply to  TeeCee

The story (if it’s true) of how Dein & Wenger saw Sol in a restaurant and Dein mentioned signing him. Wenger ‘Oh no we cannot afford him etc’ Dein got it sorted. Just sums up what Dein gave to the relationship, Wenger just dithered and dithered for years after Dein was ousted. On another matter, we have not got an away point in 2018 come on 2 games to go.

db_10
db_10
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

Usually former “subjects” of a “dictator” won’t speak so highly of him…you may not have agreed with his footballing decisions which is OK but please don’t insult the man like that.

David
David
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

Usmanov is on the sanctioned list of Oligarchs. So no thanks. I get my kicks with good people. If Arsenal is taken over by blood money, I’ll stop supporting after 50 years. Some of the treatment Wenger received almost pushed me to leave, some gooners are despicable!

Fatgooner
Fatgooner
1 year ago
Reply to  David

I suppose by “good people” you mean an owner who won’t put a penny of his own cash into the club and who only cared about making money?

David
David
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

That’s his choice as an owner, I’d rather he invested but understand the principles by which this club is managed for long-term success. Injecting capital for temporary short-term gain, into a commercial enterprise is fool’s paradise. Football is big business. I see you don’t criticise the players for being commercial, so why do you criticize Stan. Have you contributed beyond your ticket price? I don’t own part of Warner when I take my daughter to see Harry Potter. And she is a big fan, she knows how to be a fan, never a bad word aimed at Harry! And she… Read more »

John Bull
John Bull
1 year ago
Reply to  David

For me , being a fan of Arsenal means you support the club because of its history and tradition , how the team plays , yes also the values projected by the club and through some form of personal connection – locality , childhood memories of watching them or reading about them if you are among the millions of fans overseas …. from the comments and votes from a minority of arseblog readers , it now seems to me that there are some fans who only support Arsenal on the conditions that it wins all the time and look for… Read more »

Zyrth
Zyrth
1 year ago
Reply to  John Bull

Overseas fan for 20 years now. Football didn’t hit me until I was 12. First time I saw a live telecast of Arsenal I was won over. Didn’t understand much about football but loved the red and white kit. Didn’t look back ever since. Love all things arsenal, our history tradition.. where we come from. Took a personal pride that Arsenal was founded in 1886, and I was born in 1986. The ups and downs didn’t mattered to me, because we were far from a dominant force in English football history. If the old timers had to suffer, why can’t… Read more »

Fatgooner
Fatgooner
1 year ago
Reply to  David

“Injecting capital for temporary short-term gain, into a commercial enterprise is fool’s paradise.” No it’s not, David. Just take look at Chelsea. The smart move for Kroenke when he took over would have been to soften the blow of the stadium debt repayments by injecting some of his own cash; that would have prevented the need for Wenger to sell players and would have made us more competitive. On-field success would have led to greater commercial revenues, so he could have got his money back. Instead we went down the “fourth is a trophy” avenue. Kroenke was happy with mediocrity… Read more »

Wengerballz
Wengerballz
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

Sorry buddy but you don’t get money and you don’t get football.

SB Still
SB Still
1 year ago

A role in UEFA or FIFA will be so apt for Wenger’s intelligence. Hence that rules him out with the guys who run those!

3pointsinthetoilet
3pointsinthetoilet
1 year ago
Reply to  SB Still

Exactely my thinking he could not work with those bribey cun*s…

Wengerballz
Wengerballz
1 year ago
Reply to  SB Still

I don’t think so. The ethics level over there wouldn’t suit him.

Herb Kazzaz
Herb Kazzaz
1 year ago
Reply to  SB Still

Yep. People in positions of relative power like that are, without fail, wankers. Seriously. Without fail. “those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it”.

Wengerballz
Wengerballz
1 year ago

I really hope he doesn’t take a job in England. That would be very weird. Ideal would be a national team. France or England. Maybe Spain.

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Wengerballz

I can’t see him taking on another PL club. It would be too weird for him as a big Arsenal fan to have to compete with us. Ligue 1, perhaps — would he go back to Monaco? Or Lyon? I don’t think they’re looking for a manager, though. I’d love to see him challenge PSG.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch
1 year ago

Wherever he goes, and I hope he continues to manage teams, they’ll be blessed to have him.

arsepedant
arsepedant
1 year ago
Reply to  Twatsloch

We’d love him here in Vancouver. Come to Canada, Arsene!

adgonner
adgonner
1 year ago

I would love Wenger to win the premier league with some other club. Won’t we?

adgonner
adgonner
1 year ago

That ‘bye bye’ is the most humourous thing I am going to hear for some time.. I mean just the sound of it. don’t get all riled up brothers..

afan
afan
1 year ago

wenger off to everton then, with usmanov, could be interesting

Highbury
Highbury
1 year ago

The idea that Wenger and Dean, over a game of charades, got to talking about what they believed was that future of football, and that it led to one of the most incredible eras of modern football, is the type of thing thing that makes me love reading history.

It’s easy sometimes to look at history and think that the events that happened were inevitable, but oftentimes the outcome of significant events can come down to pure chance. I’m glad Arsène made such a positive impact on Mrs. Dein.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan
1 year ago

I don’t know about you lot, but I will be supporting any team Arsene manages, and wish him all the best. Arsenal is still my team, but this man is Arsenal, and I will want him to succeed anywhere he goes. We win together, we lose together…no matter where you go…we will never forget all the amazing memories.Thanks again Arsene!!

MrT
MrT
1 year ago

Arsene… England manager… would be nice !

TeeCee
TeeCee
1 year ago

Just out of interest, was there a plausible reason why Arsene happened to be at Highbury to watch a game and in the director’s box for that chance meeting with Mrs Dein?
I can’t believe such things happen by chance, especially when David Dein is involved.