Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke made a big speech about Wenger’s ability to lead the Gunners to big titles. “Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe.” Kroenke said. “It’s what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won’t rest until that is achieved. Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen.”
It would seem that Alisher Usmanov, who recently made a massive offer to take control of the club, agrees that Le Prof is the right man to lead the team, but he doesn’t seem to be sure that Kroenke will give the Frenchman adequate funds to rebuild a title-winning side.
The Russian oligarch said: “I am pleased that Arsene Wenger will continue to manage Arsenal for the next two years as he is one of the very best coaches in Europe.
“What is now of paramount importance is that he receives the full support of the Board and majority shareholder.
“He has a great opportunity to deliver the success that the fans deserve and the legacy that his long contribution merits.
“However without the right support there remains a real risk that 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.”
The Russian has offered before to inject large sums to bump up the war chest, but was turned down by Kroenke and the Board as a ploy to gain more shares, so it is doubtful the American will agree this time around either. But the offer puts pressure on Arsenal to invest heavily this summer, and could increase Usmanov’s support from the fan base if Kroenke doesn’t deliver.
Who do you think is more likely to invest in the team to take us “to the next level”