Supporters need to get behind Arsene Wenger

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Updated: August 19, 2011

Arsenal’s former vice-chairman David Dein has said that Gunners fans must give manager Arsene Wenger their full support or risk losing him.

The French boss is under fire from sections of the fans after going six seasons without a trophy and allowing the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.

Speaking to BBC Sport about the possibility of Wenger leaving, Dein said: “That’s always an option open to him because 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.”

Dein added: “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.”

“I can understand their worry(fans) 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.”

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