Date: 3rd October 2006 at 12:57pm
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Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein says he always knew Wenger would one day manage the club.

‘The very first day I met Arsene at Highbury during 1989-1990 season, I was convinced one day he would become the club’s coach,’ Dein told L’Equipe.

‘Of course, he was charming and very intelligent, but above all he has a clear ability to adapt. The day we met for the first time, we had a dinner at my friend’s house, after the dinner we played mime.

‘It was not that easy as he didn’t speak English like he does today. However, he did his best and worked hard to make himself understood.

‘At that moment I knew Arsene was an unconventional man.

‘It was difficult, I fought to convince the board that Arsene was the right man to become the coach, even if he was unknown here in 1996. Arsene had to do the same with the players but he never fretted and straight away achieved to make his message heard.

‘Imagine a Frenchman, looking like a philosophy teacher, coming to the training ground to impose his ideas on Tony Adams, Martin Keown and David Seaman. If those players had not immediately trusted him, it could have become much more complex.’

‘In ten years, Arsene has built a training centre and a new Stadium. He’s started several players’ careers, and has created three different winning teams.

‘And above all he crafted an attractive and unique style of football for Arsenal.

‘Arsene is a wizard.’

 

15 Replies to “Dein: Wenger Is A Wizard”

  • He is a great manager and lets hope he can bring more success to your club. Just sign some English players though! 🙂

  • ‘Arsene is a wizard.’ , I think that about sums it up perfectly ! , he IMO is the best manager in all the leagues … can we have him at hull when you decide to get a new one heh heh …. no seriously I love the football he promotes … absolute joy to watch !

  • Deano, we are trying, but you guys are not helping us taking points off us, and at the emirates to boot!!
    But I don’t mind you taking off points off Chelsea at The Bridge.

  • ParkLaneYid: what a credit to your family you are! I bet your mums well proud, when she’s not handing out free blowj*bs to tramps!

  • Wizard?
    No this is simply 2 easy…….think of more reverent wording….
    Deliver maybe?
    Magic producer?
    Maybe Chapman v2, I dare ask?

  • An important lesson that can be learned here is:
    It is futile to believe in stereotypes and build one?s life or business in. Broadmindedness is the key to success. Dein is a classic example. No wonder Arsene demonstrated the same towards his young and sometimes unproven players and brought diamonds out of them.

  • i didnt no thats what managers and directors do when they first meet ! how unusual but if thats what they needed to do to get him as manager then im happy hes the best

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