Russian business magnate Alisher Usmanov has told the press about his admiration for Arsene Wenger. Usmanov is Arsenal’s second largest shareholder. With his statements, Usmanov seems to reply to the negative news regarding Arsenal’s results of late and the request from a growing number of fans to sack Arsene Wenger. Usmanov has silenced the critics, and has said that Wenger should leave Arsenal only on his own terms. He has also added that Wenger is a major symbol for the club, and will leave a huge legacy whenever the Frenchman might decide to leave.

“I have increased my stake in Arsenal to above 30%, and became the second largest shareholder,” Usmanov is quoted on Metro’s website.

“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.”

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