One of Arsene Wenger’s closest allies in football believes the Arsenal manager is ready to spend substantially on new signings this summer.
Former Gunners vice-chairman David Dein insists the Frenchman has the will to spend large sums on players, something that he has seemed reluctant to do in the past with the Emirates Stadium outfit’s much-vaunted youth policy.
However, Arsenal are experiencing their worst ever season since Wenger took over in 1996 and fans have urged the club to buck the trend of recent seasons and add some established quality to the squad.
Dein is adamant Arsenal still have one of the best in the business at the helm and was confident Wenger would identify the fight talent to reenergise his squad.
“The fact is he has to strengthen the team and I know he will do that,” Dein is quoted as saying in The Sun.
“He is one of the best managers in the world, he’s been coaching for 30 years and knows what he is doing.
“He knows what he wants and it’s just a question of identifying the right talent.”
Arsenal will go an eighth season without a trophy this year and have only a top four spot left to fight for.
Champions League qualification is a must for Wenger’s side, as attracting top talent to take the team up a level will be even harder to secure if they fail to do so.
Despite such a lengthy barren run and serious struggles over the past two seasons, Dein believes Wenger is still doing a fine job and must stay in the job.
“It’s a long, hard season and I am a great supporter of Arsene. He has done a phenomenal job and continues to do so year-on-year,” he added.
“He has the fire in his belly. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be there.”
Dein was seen as being crucial to the incredible success experienced by the club during Wenger’s early years, as he was influential in the Gunners transfer dealings.
Many believe the lack of an ally in the boardroom as close Dein was to Wenger has been one of the main problems at the club since the former vice-chairman was ousted by the board for trying to bring investment from Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov to Emirates Stadium.