Wenger’s willingness to commit reflects the early Arsenal success

David Dein increases his profile within Arsenal’s board and suddenly Arsene is talking about staying on in a concrete way rather than in abstractions. This was the biggest story in Arsenal’s summer. When would Wenger commit to an extension? The timing now appears to be important and Wenger says that he will have more to say on Thursday or Friday.
Wenger’s former best friend David Dein sells his shares to Alisher Usmanov and Red And White Holdings and the Uzbeki born oligarch appoints Dein to seek out more shares. At this stage Dein is jockeying for Red and White to find a spot on the Arsenal board meetings and meanwhile Stan Kroenke, a former Dein partner, has put his takeover bid on hold for now. Kroenke and Usmanov between them own about 27% of Arsenal’s shares, a few percentage points shy of a complete takeover. What makes you think Dein is not working overtime to make this relationship happen?
These machinations are all part of the so called ‘bringing the big name players to Arsenal so that we are not left behind’ scare tactics that actually hide the true colours of the vainglorious David Dein, who sees himself as the de facto head of the Arsenal board. Its all about Dein.
Wenger has shown even as early in the season that this Arsenal team will be no pushovers and their success has a lot to do with team play, not individual stars. His success pre-empts the rhetoric of the Dein-Usmanov-Kroenke camp. I think Wenger was stung to the quick this summer with all this talk about big players as the only way Arsenal could win. That is the reason he held back on the contract. Managers like to set themselves apart in their MO. As long as Arsenal keep winning, the takeover camp will have less of a leg to stand on.
I am sure Wenger has heard stories about Aleshir Usmanov being a real piece of work, and although he has been circumspect about board politics, I would think that a straight arrow like Wenger must be absolutely horrified by the prospect of a Usmanov takeover. So the best scenario to make sure that David Dein is marginalized is for Arsenal to keep winning and for Wenger to sign that extension.

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3 comments on “Wenger’s willingness to commit reflects the early Arsenal success
  1. I may have misunderstood you but I hope you’re not swallowing Dein’s spin that credits his personal advice to Wenger as having been “instrumental” in his contract renewal. It’s disgusting reading these quotes from Dein taking credit for Wenger deciding to renew his contract, as if he’s some sort of svengali character influencing Wenger’s decision-making.
    This whole thing is appalling beyond belief. Usmanov is a filthy slimeball, just go over to Craig Murray’s website (former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan) for info on this lowlife: http://www.craigmurray.co.uk/archives/2007/09/alisher_usmanov.html
    That Dein, a so-called ardent fan of Arsenal, would happily associate the club with this filth says everything about his search for power as Arsenal chairman and nothing about his supposed love for the club.
    We as fans have to make compromises on so many levels but why does the English FA and the English gov’t just go along with this plundering of English football by a bunch of gangsters, criminals, thieves and human rights abusers?
    Arsenal is doing just fine, we have a board who put together a sound business plan that is yielding good financial results. We have a talented team that is improving on the pitch bought with a fraction of what Sunderland has spent, never mind the mancs, the scousers or Chelsea. We don’t need Dein and his gangster sugar daddy.

  2. Great post, let’s all hope that Wenger stays around for a while and this team matures into an unstoppable force without the need of an all-out superstar

  3. Sandrahn
    I was pretty shocked by the Craig Murray article. This guy is a knuckle dragger, a thug. It really is sad but Dein has made himself into a Gordon Gecko like figure.

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