Support Wenger Or His legacy Will Be Tarnished – Usmanov Warns Arsenal Boards



Arsene Wenger’s legacy is at the edge of ending on a sour note in the event that the Frenchman doesn’t get legitimate support from Arsenal after signing another deal to keep him at the Emirate until 2019, says Alisher Usmanov.

The manager has consented to another two-year deal to stay at the club, which was declared on Wednesday, ending months of speculation over his future.

Wenger’s position went under serious scrutiny after the club missed o Champions League qualification, in spite of the fact that they won their third FA Cup in four years.

Alisher Usmanov possesses 30 percent of Arsenal and as of late failed trying to buy out Stan Kroenke share.


He encouraged Kroenke and the club’s board, of which he is not a part, to give Wenger full support to enable the Frenchman to secure a positive legacy at the club after 21 years in charge of the North London club.

“I am pleased Arsene Wenger will continue to manage Arsenal for the next two years – he is one of the best coaches in Europe,” Usmanov said in a statement.

“What is now of paramount importance is that he receives the full support of the board and the majority shareholder.

“He has a great opportunity to deliver the success that the fans deserve and the legacy his long contribution merits.

“However, without the right support there remains a real risk his legacy will be tarnished.

“If the support is not forthcoming we stand ready to step in and do everything we can to deliver success on and off the field.”


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