Wednesday 23 January 2019

David Dein: Arsene Wenger will be in demand if he stays in management

The Frenchman has been in charge of the Gunners for more than 21 years.

David Dein brought Arsene Wenger to Arsenal in 1996
David Dein brought Arsene Wenger to Arsenal in 1996

By Press Association Sport staff

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein believes Arsene Wenger will have “no shortage of offers” should he wish to continue his managerial career.

The Gunners boss announced on Friday that he will stand down at the end of the season following a spell of over 21 years at the helm.

And Dein, who brought Wenger to the club in 1996, believes the Frenchman will be in high demand following his departure.

Dein told Sky Sports: “Over the last few years, I know for a fact he’s been approached by some of the biggest clubs in the world – I think of Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, the national team wanted him at one stage.

“There will be no shortage of offers.

“I personally had calls from various people yesterday, saying, ‘can I speak to him?’.

“The question is does he want to do it anymore?

“He’s going to be 69 in October but he’s extraordinarily fit. He is the same weight as when I met him – 75 kilos.

“He’s got a very active mind and such a knowledge of the game.”

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