Thursday, 1 June 2017

What Wenger Needs Now Is Financial Backing - Alisher Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov has welcomed Arsene Wenger's new deal but warned the Arsenal boss must be given financial backing. The Uzbek-born billionaire has a 30 per cent stake in the club but no seat on the board.

The decision to hand Wenger a new two-year deal was made without Usmanov's input, but he has been a vocal offstage backer of the Frenchman and Usmanov says he will be waiting in the wings if Stan Kroenke fails to offer the full support required to protect Wenger's Arsenal legacy.

A statement read “I am pleased Arsene Wenger will continue to manage Arsenal for the next two years - he is one of the best coaches in Europe. 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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