Date:Friday April 20 2007
I have to say that I am amazed at the lack of revolt by Arsenal supporters over David Dein's departure from our club. This man has been one of us for over 20 years now and has been at the forefront of all the positives in our club over that time. He was the man that brought George Graham in as manager and people who criticised GG forget that before his arrival we hadn't won a league in 16 years and looked like it would be at least another 16 years before we would contest at the top of the table again. But GG knew the tradition in our club and made us winners again and back into the spotlight. After his acrimonious departure and we needed someone who understood what The Arsenal was all about David Dein pulled off THE greatest coup in Arsenal's history by appointing Arsene Wenger (who???) as manager.
What the two of them have achieved working in tandem over the last 11 years has been amazing and DD's departure has come as a massive shock to me. It appears that DD wanted more investment in the playing side of the club whether that came from inside the club or from new sources and the rest of the board, who either couldn't or wouldn't release transfer funds, refused to accept any new faces into the boardroom. DD bit the bullet over the very thing that fans have been complaining about all season long, a lack of much needed additions to the squad, and as one of those fans I feel quite militant about this whole saga and feel the fans should protest publicly about it and let the board know that we are backing DD over this. However it seems that the fans are just sad to see him go but are willing to accept that and I worry about the implications of this acceptance. How will Wenger feel today ?
Despite his public remarks you can be damned sure he is very unhappy at this latest turns of events and would question what the future will hold. Can any of us honestly say that in 12 months time we would still be as confident of Arsene staying as we would have been just 5 days ago ? And what about the playing side and the upcoming transfer window ? If, as it appears, that funds for buying new players are little or nothing then how will we all feel knowing that we are slipping so far behind the top three that we are in danger of becoming like sp*rs ? Will Cesc, Toure, Gallas et al be happy to see their careers and ambitions be stifled at Arsenal due to a lack of investment or will they want to bugger off to a club that they can feel can challenge for trophies ? I'm no different to most Gooners in that in an ideal world I would be happy to see the club under its present ownership for years to come but Abramovich and his allegedly crooked money has moved the goalposts for all of us.
I also wouldn't a sell out to any other investor of dubious connections or someone that will plunge the club into massive debt(a la Glazer) or be in it just to make money for themselves however we have to be realistic in that we now need an injection of cash just to keep up with the top 3 and our current board cannot supply this cash. For the last few years we have kept in touch thanks to Wengers eye for talent spotting and producing as well as David Dein's ability to coax these talents to sign for this great club of ours Now 1 of this partnership has departed and we have to be fearful of the implications and should make the board aware of our concerns. In the meantime David I wish you well and hope to see your return to Arsenal, hopefully someday soon, be it with Kroenke or whoever.
Article submitted by augie
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Date:Friday April 20 2007
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