West Ham vice-chairman: Arsenal need a change at board level

Karren Brady says Arsenal need to re-appoint David Dein.

West Ham's vice-chairman Karren Brady believes there is one man who can united the club's divided fanbase.

Supporters have been in conflict in recent weeks in light of an underwhelming start to the season, and face the Hammers this weekend looking up at them in the table.

Brady told The Sun: "What the present Wenger and his club need most is a return for vice-chairman David Dein."

Dein remains a popular figure long after his departure from Arsenal, and was instrumental in appointing the Frenchman as Arsenal manager.

Wenger's success at Arsenal came with Dein above him, and the generally regarded view at the club is that Wenger has too much power and influence, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis a financial and commercial asset rather than a football expert.

Arsenal's lack of trophies over the past decade has painted Dein in an even more favourable light than when he left the club in 2007.

He is however now 71, and so bringing him back may not be a long-term solution for the club, but if there was a will for it to happen, it doing so until Arsene Wenger retires could be logical.

It's not likely to happen at this point however, but Arsenal could do worse than cast the net to try and find a younger version of Dein who Arsene Wenger is willing to trust and work alongside or under, if such a figure exists.

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