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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 April 2007, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Wenger to pick football director
Arsene Wenger
Wenger has a superb record in the transfer market
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will choose the candidate who will help him with player acquisitions following vice-chairman David Dein's departure.

Dein had played a key role in transfers and his duties will now be taken on by a new director of football - the first in the club's history.

"There will definitely be a director of football coming and it will definitely be my choice," Wenger said.

"At present I'm doing both jobs - the one David Dein used to do and my own."

I'm not against foreign ownership of clubs

Arsene Wenger

Over the last 11 years Wenger and Dein established a formidable record in the transfer market, not only in terms of acquisitions and sales, but also in the worldwide scouting network the club set up.

"I was in a good position before because I would handle the football side and David would do the ugly stuff, the business," added Wenger.

"Now it's all down to me. It's difficult because that side of it is very time-consuming."

Dein left Arsenal last week over "irreconcilable differences" with other board members.

Meanwhile Wenger insists he is not opposed to foreign ownership of Arsenal as speculation continues a takeover move by American billionaire Stan Kroenke may be imminent.

Dein was forced off the board because of his support for Kroenke's increased involvement in Arsenal, which now stands at a 12.19% stake.

Chairman Peter Hill-Wood is vehemently opposed to a foreign takeover and Wenger was previously thought to prefer that the club stay in English hands.

But Wenger told the News of the World: "I'm not against foreign ownership of clubs, how could I?

"I'm a foreign manager and there are many foreign players at Arsenal and in the Premiership.

"But it has to be done in the right way. If it happens at Arsenal it would not mean I'd quit the club."

Dein is thought to be preparing to work with Kroenke to force a takeover of the club.

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