Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein insists Arsene Wenger must be ‘used’ in some way by the north London club.
Wenger is one of the most iconic figures in club history, having revolutionized the Gunners after being appointed manager in 1996.
The Frenchman led Arsenal to a string of big honors including three Premier League titles. He also holds the record for most FA Cup wins as a manager with seven trophies.
The Gunners have been in steady decline since the disbanding of the infamous ‘Invincibles’ squad in 2003/04 and this season they have yet another Premier League title to add to their trophy case.
Wenger’s 22-year tenure at the club came to an end in 2020 and opinions within the Arsenal fan base were divided about the legendary boss.
The 72-year-old, who is now FIFA’s head of global football development, has yet to return to the Emirates Stadium as a spectator.
Dein brought Wenger to the club in 1996 but left himself in 2007, with the former vice-chairman claiming the nature of his departure was similar to Wenger’s.
“He was a miracle worker and they just let him go,” Dein told the Daily Mail.
“He left in a similar way to me. I thought the club owed Arsene a duty of care, at least a discussion.
“We need a change, but how will that happen? Would you like to be there? What can we do? Would you like to have a different role, would you rather step out elegantly? dialogue must be. It didn’t happen in my case, didn’t happen in his. And that really hurt him. I would have done it differently.”
Although the legendary former manager has previously said he will never return to Arsenal in any capacity, Dein believes Wenger would still be a huge asset to the club.
“Look, you don’t find a mind like that every day of the week,” Dein added.
“He’s an Arsenal man, 22 years at the club.
“Wasn’t it worth cultivating your knowledge? Look at where he is now?
“So he’s not good enough for Arsenal, but he’s good enough to be head of global development for FIFA, responsible for 211 countries.
“He certainly should have been used by us, his knowledge, his skill, his encyclopedic awareness of players. It must be used.”
For more stories like this, visit our sports page.
Follow Metro Sport for the latest news
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.