David Dein reckons Arsenal fans must give manager Arsene Wenger the respect he deserves or risk losing him.
The Beeb reports that AW is under increasing pressure from supporters after six seasons without a pot and that when asked if Wenger could leave, the former Arsenal vice-chairman said: “That’s always an option open to him.
He added: “It could come to a stage when he will say, ‘Well, I have had enough’. At least that’s how I feel and I feel the fans should feel that. They should at least give him the respect that he deserves for what he’s done.”
“People talk about ‘Has his time finished at the club?’ That’s a very dangerous thing to say because it’s easy to get rid of people and then what? People talk about buying players. Well, you’ve got to get players who are better than the ones you’ve got at the moment.”
Dein left Arsenal in 2007 and is still good friends with AW but said he sympathises with Gooners. “I can understand their worry because the expectation level today is so high and Arsene has brought such success to the club. In 15 years that he’s been there every year we’ve been in the Champions League. So you can understand, perhaps, fans feeling a little bit frustrated that they haven’t seen a trophy for a few years.
“Under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship, they’ve had good times and very good times and there’s no reason to expect why we shouldn’t see them again.”
Eldewhere, the Mirror claims that Samir Nasri is joining Manchester City – but he would prefer to sign for their United.The paper says Nasri has told friends that his dream was to sign for United when he made his mind up to quit Arsenal this summer.
Meanwhile the Sun says Everton have put Arsenal on “red alert” by admitting they might be forced into a player fire-sale. The paper reports that we have been keeping tabs on Goodison Park duo Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines. And our hopes of getting the players were given a boost after Everton chairman Bill Kenwright admitted the club must sell before they can buy.
Baines is a new one on me but at present I’d take them both.