Arsenal shareholder Usmanov gives backing to "main asset" Arsene Wenger

Russian thinks it is imperative the manager remains the same

BY Raf Diallo 18:17 Friday 25 March 2016, 18:17 25 Mar 2016

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov in the stands. Picture by: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

Arsenal minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov says Arsenal "must retain" Arsene Wenger.

The manager has been under pressure after a faltering Premier League title challenge as he approaches 20 years in charge, but Russian billionaire Usmanov who owns an estimated 30% stake of the club thinks Wenger needs to be part of the future.

"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," Usmanov said in an interview with Russian TV channel Russia-24.

"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.

Arsenal are third in the Premier League this season and have already been eliminated from the cup competitions.


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