Arsene Wenger is considered one of the most celebrated managers in Premier League history and his 22 years at Arsenal have been filled with controversy and iconic moments
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Dean is retiring at the end of the season after serving as a top umpire for 22 years. The 55-year-old is one of the most famous officials to have ever held the honor First League and has been involved in some of the most iconic moments in league history – both good and bad.
Speak with BBC Sport, Dean recalled some of the highlights of his career before calling Wenger the most intimidating manager because he always wanted what was best for his club. Learning about the news on beIN Sport, the Frenchman laughed: “Is anyone behind me? are you kidding tonight
“I’m not very proud of that.” Wenger spent 22 years with the Gunners, guiding them to and winning three Premier League titles FA Cup with them seven times and became one of the most successful managers in league history.
Dean and Wenger shared some incredibly famous moments over the years, but neither really came out on top when the latter was sent off Manchester United at Old Trafford. The manager was then sent into the stands, where he stood with his arms raised and a very confused expression on his face, asking where he was supposed to be sitting anyway – much to the amusement of the Red Devils supporters seated around him.
Asked about the incident, Wenger said: “He still doesn’t know why. As I stood in the middle of the stands.
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“I didn’t know where to go, no one told me where to go and when I went upstairs they told me I had to go to the stands. Of course when I got to the grandstand there weren’t any free seats so I had a double problem – firstly I didn’t know why I was sent off and nobody could ever explain it to me because they apologized afterwards but, also I didn’t know where to go.”
In his interview, Dean was quick to say that all of Wenger’s actions on and off the pitch are in Arsenal’s best interests and that he always has the club on his mind. He explained: “I’ve always found it difficult not to manage Arsenal in general but to manage Arsenal when he (Wenger) was the manager. It was just his presence – he wanted what was best for Arsenal all along and if he had a chance to bring one over you he would.
“Ever since he got off football I’ve seen him and he’s been great. Cross the white line and everyone is different, like referees. We’re normal people.” A lot has changed at the Emirates Stadium since Wenger’s departure and the club have certainly been spared from success as the current manager Mikel Arteta has only recently given the impression he is capable of taking the Nord side -To make London title contenders again.
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