Dein discusses his struggles to get Wenger to return to the Emirates

Former Arsenal executive David Dein has discussed his struggles to convince Arsene Wenger to visit Arsenal to unveil his statue.

The Frenchman left the Emirates in 2018 after the club told him his services were no longer required.

He had been at the club for two decades and his whole life revolved around it.

However, the club ended his time after his team failed to finish inside the top four. Wenger was not happy with the decision and has not returned to the club since then.

The Frenchman is a legendary figure in the club’s history and they have built a statue of him at the Emirates.

They need him to come for the unveiling, but Dein says his departure still hurts him.

He told fans at an Arsenal Supporters’ Trust event via The Sun: “Rather like myself, he is bruised. I don’t think he was treated well.

“I think he is still smarting from that. He was never really given the opportunity to discuss an alternative role at the club.

“That caused friction. There was also interference from board members in what he was doing.

“He had a difficult time. I do hope that he does come back.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Anyone would have been hurt by the way Wenger was ousted from his role as Arsenal’s manager, so we understand how he feels after such a betrayal.

However, he needs to forgive the club and return as one of its heroes of the modern era.

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  1. Such a shame that the greatest manager in our history – the man who took a team to become the Invincibles; the man who safeguarded our future by moving from Highbury to the Emirates and the man who devoted his entire life (and his marriage) to our club and also the man who changed English football forever , has been made to feel such hurt and pain. Sadly – and it pains me to say – but it’s not just the Board he should be angry with, but also those many fans who hounded him out. Those same fans who previously wallowed in the success this great man delivered.

    Some Arsenal fans need to be ashamed of themselves that this man feel this way.

    1. He never devoted his “entire life” to the club. He spent 22 years here and was well rewarded. Yes he did some great things, but he also broke a couple of bad records during his tenure as our manager, ie, the only Arsenal manager whose team threw away a 3-0 halftime lead at home and never winning a trophy in 9 years.

      The match going fans had had enough of him putting out weakened teams in semi finals and then blaming them for not winning the PL in 2016.

      He reaped what he sowed.

      1. How people forgot things easily, AW recorded the greatest achievement in the club history. Now you are condeming him, such is life.

        1. Nothing is forgotten, he quite rightly got the plaudits for his achievements. Match going fans take time off work, spend their hard earned money for tickets and travel, and then see him put out a weakened team at our most hated rivals in a semi final and we get hammered 5-1. He then does the same in a Wembley semi-final, leaving our in form player on the bench, saying the caretaker manager of Chelsea knows how Arsharvin plays as he’s his national player. That might have made sense if Wenger had played Arsharvin in his natural position as a number 10, but he didn’t, he played out wide on the left.

          Imagine blaming the match going fans for the team failing to win the PL. So much for the great mental strength that he always said the players had 🙄.

    2. He did well bt he was well paid
      He served his masters than the fans
      Made his bosses a lot of money as we the fans suffered
      Bt he will always be remembered as the greatest manager in our history.
      The Boss jst be a man and come back home
      Arsenal was yr life and still is yr life
      A gunner will always be a gunner

  2. I pray that Arsene should let go of the past, and let God take care of the past. People make mistakes. The fans still honour and love him. Please go accept it on behalf of the peopl you brought happiness in their lives. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.

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