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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has revealed that he wants Arsene Wenger to remain in charge of the Gunners beyond the current season.
The French tactician has received criticism from fans who are asking him to quit his job as the club’s manager due to the team’s inconsistent performances this term. But the Board, as well as shareholders, still trust the manager who had previously claimed he will only step down when he feels the time is right.
Usmanov has now revealed he plans on ensuring Wenger remains as the club’s boss.
He told Russian TV channel Rossiya24, as quoted by the Daily Star: “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.”