Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Saturday September 8 2007
No one can take away what David Dein did for Arsenal in the 20 years he was at Arsenal.
He brought Wenger to the club, changed the way business worked in football and took Arsenal to a whole new level.
Those are his greatest achievement, he did much, much more for the club. But since his dismissal from the Arsenal board, he is very much a changed man.
Not only has he sold out to the highest bidder in the form of Russian Billionaire Alisher Usmanov, but he has also seen fit to stick his nose in where it really is not wanted.
As I'm sure you're all aware, Arsene Wenger signed a new deal on Friday that will keep him at Arsenal until 2011.
DD in entitled to talk about it with the media, but his comments were disapointing to say the least.
Speaking to Sky Sports.com Dein said: 'When I left his future was very much in the balance.
'He said to me at the time that he wasn't sure if he wanted to stay on.
'We had a chat and I thought it was important that he should stay on for the future of the club.'
Now Dein has done one of two things here. He has either betrayed Wenger's confidence by spilling such a personal discussion out into the media. Or his comments are completely fabricated. Either way, the former vice-chairman is out of order.
I have always had a massive amount of respect for Dein, but these comments coupled with his last comments about Arsenal needing more financial muscle to compete with the likes of Chelsea have done him no favors with many Arsenal fans.
Is Dein still thinking about what's best for Arsenal? Or have his emotions got the better of him? Could he be trying to make a point to the likes of Peter Hill-Wood?
All I can say is that Dein needs to sort himself out. At the moment he is still loved by the majority of Gooners, but that'll soon change if he keeps this up.
Date:Saturday September 8 2007
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