Arsene Wenger has expressed his sadness at Dein’s departure from the club. They have been locked together for the past eleven years ever since Dein plugged him out of Japan and reintroduced him to Europe. They have been plotting Arsenal’s fortunes since then and they have been rather good at it.
What has been underpinning this success has been the stability and consistency throughout the club. This has now been cracked and it looks as it is about to be shattered to pieces with severe consequences for the team’s fortunes on the football field for now and in the future.
What has happened so far is only the beginning. As we have indicated in our previous postings Kroenke is very likely to mount a bid sooner or later with, what now looks like, Dein’s blessing and probably his 14.6% shareholding on board.
The current Board’s intention of holding onto their shares for a year is comical and naive! What is likely to happen is that the club will face a year of extreme uncertainty and instability which is bound to find its way on the playing field. More importantly it may result in other departures in crucial positions like management and playing staff! This needs to be avoided like the plague. And this is where Wenger holds the key. Sooner or later he will have to take sides. Who will he back? Kroenke or the current Board? This decision will be even harder if Dein openly joins forces Kroenke.
In our opinion Wenger has now become the most important person in this struggle for power. He will undoubtedly be coveted by both suitors to remain with the club. And therefore he alone can help tip the balance one the way or another. If he were to let it be known to the current Board that he is in favour of Kroenke (and Dein taking over) then its game over! And all the shenanigans and turmoil that are bound to have followed over the next 12 months will have been avoided and Arsenal will return to normal again but with more money for Wenger to spend on players!
And we believe that this is what he should do!