David Dein says Arsene Wenger will be an ‘impossible act to follow’.
But is the former Arsenal vice-chairman right?
The Frenchman has failed to win any silverware for the club since 2005, with some of the Arsenal faithful growing restless and believing his time is coming to an end at The Emirates helm.
However, Dein insists Wenger deserves nothing but praise for the job he has done since his arrival in 1996:
‘One should never, ever forget what he has done for the club.
‘He has absolutely transformed the club. The fact there is a magnificent state of the art training ground, the fact the stadium is virtually paid for.’
‘He has got a good squad. Obviously it has to be a squad that is capable of winning trophies, and that is something he is going to be working on, I know, but it is not easy.
‘But he has done a phenomenal job for the club. He is not going to be a difficult act to follow – he is going to be an impossible act to follow.’
Dein couldn’t be more right – Wenger has done a great job in transforming our club, from its style of play, to the new stadium and training facilities. He has made history with the club, building and managing the ‘Invincibles’ to of course moving us from Highbury to The Emirates Stadium. For these reasons, the Frenchman has already earned the status of ‘icon’.
However, we can’t live in the past.
As fans we want to see our club progress in the right way and challenge for silverware, but we aren’t seeing this. Unfortunately, expectations have dropped and it’s become more of a business than a football club – all about making profits and what the fans want.
Would Wenger be an ‘impossible act to follow’ as Dein states?
I think Arsenal fans are more worried about what will happen when he does leave – scared of the unknown. This is understandable. However, the majority of us were saying the same thing when George Graham departed the club. When Wenger was appointed as manager we didn’t know who the hell he was, did we? Eventually he will have to go as well. Nothing lasts forever. So we shouldn’t be too worried about it occurring.
There are good managers out there who can take the club forward once Wenger does decide to throw in the towel.
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