Arsene Wenger is reportedly set for a showdown with Arsenal board over his contract and is believed to be ready to make a demand of bringing back David Dein to the Emirates Stadium if the North-Londoners want him to be the manager beyond next season.
Dein, who had brought Wenger to Arsenal in 1996, had left the club in April citing irreconcilable differences with the board on takeover issue.
The shock departure of Dein had come as a blow to Wenger, who then refused to sign a new deal, and subsequently with Thierry Henry citing it as main reason for him to make a decision to leave for Barcelona.
Former Gunners skipper Patrick Vieira has earlier claimed that it will not be the same for Wenger at the club without his close ally and the former Monaco boss could leave.
On Monday, The Daily Mail has reported that Wenger will tell the board he will only sign a new contract if Dein is brought back.
The 57-year-old Frenchman, nicknamed ‘Le Proff’, will meet chairman Peter Hill-Wood and managing director Keith Edelman this week.
In case the stalemate persists, Wenger will however start in his final season on his existing deal, at the Emirates Stadium.