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Dein: Why Wenger hasn’t returned to Arsenal since axing

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Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein can understand Arsene Wenger not returning to the club.

Dein, who was sacked by the previous board, admits he could’ve fallen into a similar position after the way he was aed.

 

Wenger has never been back to the Emirates Stadium, and with every passing year, that visit seems less likely. Dein returned after a few months of his dismissal, as a guest of Terry Brady, Karren’s father, who has a box there. Looking back, he thinks that invitation fortuitous.

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“Distance begets distance,” he told the Daily Mail. “The longer I’d stayed away, the harder it would have been to come back. So sooner rather than later was better. Maybe if I hadn’t gone then I wouldn’t have gone, like Arsene. He’s hurt, he’s still bruised. The day I returned, I saw Robin van Persie.

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“‘Mr Dein — what happened to you?’ I’d signed him. He was one of my sons. But then, I’d just vanished. I told him it was a long story.”

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