Emirates boss could walk if fans do not back him.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could quit the club if the fans do not show him respect according to the man who brought him to north London, David Dein.
The Gunners former vice-chairman was instrumental in appointing Wenger in 1996 and he admits he can empathise with the Emirates fans.
Wenger is enduring his most difficult period at Arsenal with the fans frustrated after six years without silverware and little investment.
Matters have been compounded by the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and the apparently imminent switch to Manchester City by Samir Nasri.
Supporters vented their frustration at the end of last season and the lack of transfer activity has done little to calm them.
But Dein – who left Arsenal in 2007 – insists Wenger could choose to leave if he does not get the fans’ backing.
“That’s always an option open to him because it could come to a stage when he will say, ‘Well, I have had enough’,” he told BBC Sport.
“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.
“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 because the expectation level today is so high and Arsene has brought such success to the club,” he added.
“In the 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.”