Some may not remember who David Dein is, but the 79-year-old used to be a co-owner of Arsenal Football Club, as well as the vice chairman from 1983 to 2007. It obviously means he oversaw the appointment of Arsene Wenger and all the glorious moments under the Frenchman’s command of the team, as well as those of the previous 13 years.
Arsenal are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table, one point ahead of defending champions Manchester City and third-place arch-rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. Naturally, the question that imposes itself in this situation is, can the Gunners actually go the distance and win the title for the first time since “The Invincibles” did it in 2003/04?
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. The fact that the 45-year-old deserves to be there is beyond question, and he has become the third former Gunner to make the cut, after Thierry Henry and Denis Bergkamp.
Vieira arrived to North London from AC Milan in 1996, for a reported fee of £3.5 million. Before that, he played for Caen, and that is where Arsene Wenger, AS Monaco boss at the time, first caught sight of him.
As Wenger later revealed, he felt Vieira, 17 at the time, made Claude Puel, an experienced midfielder by then, ‘look weak’.
Speaking to the press on one occasion last year, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was asked about the possibility of Arsene Wenger returning to the club in some capacity. Arteta’s response seemed to indicate that the 72-year-old Frenchman, an indisputable legend of the club, would perhaps return and his input would be valued greatly.
Arteta spoke to Wenger ahead of the premiere of the “Invincible” documentary in November.
“There has been communication, and I saw him and talked to him when we went to see the film,” Arteta said later.
Having brought many changes to the club and much joy to its supporters over a 22-year-long spell in charge of the team, the iconic Frenchman left Arsenal in the summer of 2018. Mikel Arteta was reportedly considered as a potential candidate to replace him straight away, but in the end the people in charge went another way and appointed Unai Emery instead. Nonetheless, Arteta eventually took the reins following the Basque tactician’s dismissal in November 2019.
There are very few people who have had as much of an influence on Arsenal Football Club in the last 20 years than Arsene Wenger. The veteran manager was able to achieve great things during his stint with the Gunners and while it wasn’t always perfect, he certainly earned the respect of the masses for what he was able to accomplish.
Now, in a recent interview with Arsenal.com, he’s spoken about the continued love and passion he has for the club as he begins to reflect on his iconic journey through football management.
A documentary dealing with the immeasurable impact of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, the work of the Noah Media Group, will hit the cinemas on November 11, the club have confirmed. It will be available for digital download, as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, eleven days later. It can be preordered here.
It’s been 25 years since Arsene Wenger was appointed Arsenal manager, and three since he left the club in a way that perhaps didn’t quite reflect his enormous contribution its status in world football.
The Frenchman’s departure from the Emirates was announced before the 2017-18 season was over, while there were still games to play. Further more, he wasn’t offered to stay at the club in any role, and Amy Lawrence of The Athletic has pointed out that particular moment as a big mistake, one that the club are still paying for.
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil did a Q&A session on Twitter on Wednesday, and he said a few interesting things.
Among other things, the German was asked to name the most underrated player he had ever played alongside with, and not only did he name Matteo Guendouzi, he also tagged the young midfielder in his reply.
“I’m sure he will be a big football player one day”, said Ozil.
The Mirror have interpreted this statement as a suggestion that manager Mikel Arteta made a mistake with the way he handled Guendouzi’s well-documented disciplinary issues, though quite frankly, it doesn’t seem that way. Guendouzi’s talent and football quality was never questioned, by Arteta or anyone whose opinion would be relevant. He was frozen out for disciplinary reasons alone.
The move of Robin van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2012 caused a lot of pain an anger among the Gunners’ supporters. Arsene Wenger reveals in his new book “My Life in Red and White”, that a lot of the blame was laid at his door.