Friday, 25 March 2016

Arsenal Shareholder Finally Speaks on the Wenger Sack Issue

Arsenal Shareholder Finally Speaks on the Wenger Sack Issue

The departure of Arsene Wenger in the summer has been a major topic on many media outlets in the past few weeks. There have been some reports claiming the Arsenal board have already lined up a number of managers, out of which a replacement will be picked.

A recent revelation by a club shareholder Alisher Usmanov will make some Arsenal fans who want Wenger out develop frowns on their faces. In an interview, the Russian billionaire stated something which makes it clear that the club is not in any way planning to sack Wenger at least for now.

Speaking to Russian TV channel Rossiya24, he said: ‘I have increased my stake in Arsenal to above 30%, and became the second largest shareholder,’

‘Arsenal’s results are stable. They are always among the leaders of the English Premier League. This is a good and large sports business project, and I am pleased with it.

‘The only thing is that today such situation occurred, like in any sport, there are ups and downs.

‘The club must retain its major symbol and main asset – manager Arsene Wenger. Failures have been haunting Arsenal for many years now, they cannot become the EPL champions.

‘This has led to some discontent with Wenger’s position as a manager.

‘I believe that Arsene Wenger is a great coach, and Arsenal has to give him the opportunity to plan the succession process and leave his legacy when he deems it necessary.

‘It is very important for the football club to maintain the principles that were established by those people who created its victories.

‘Arsenal needs Arsene Wenger.’

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