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According to reports making the round, Arsenal major shareholder Alisher Usmanov has revealed Arsene Wenger will leave the club on his own terms.
Arsene Wenger has been under pressure from fans after losing out of the Champion’s League and crashing out in the FA Cup against Watford and reports suggest he would leave at the end of the season.
Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for 20-years and is yet to win the League title since the ‘Invincible’ in 2004 but he can be regarded as the most successful FA Cup manager.
‘I have increased my stake in Arsenal to above 30%, and became the second largest shareholder,’ he told Rossiya24 TV channel.
‘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.’