Arsène Wenger has described David Dein's departure as a "sad day for Arsenal" but stressed that his position remains "very strongly" linked with the Club.

Mr Dein vacated his role as vice-chairman on Wednesday afternoon. It was the end of 24 years service on the Board. Speaking exclusively to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday, Wenger paid his own tribute.

"It is a sad day for Arsenal Football Club," said the Arsenal manager. "It is a huge disappointment because we worked very closely together. David has contributed highly to the success of the Club in the last 10 years and even before that as well. Red and white are the colours of his heart."

At the same time, Wenger confirmed his commitment to Arsenal and his bond with the other directors.

"My position is that I am linked with the club very strongly," said the 57-year-old. "The relationship with the rest [of the Board] has always been very good and we try always to have a good understanding."

Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full interview on Friday. In it, the Arsenal manger talks about: the departure of David Dein, the victories over Bolton and Manchester City, the North London derby, his record against Tottenham and the latest on the futures of Julio Baptista and Jens Lehmann.

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19 Apr 2007