Alisher Usmanov has warned Arsenal that Arsene Wenger’s legacy will be tarnished if he does not receive the right support.
- Usmanov spoke after Wenger’s new contract was confirmed
- He’s pleased Wenger is staying, but says lack of support could ruin legacy
- Reminds people he’s ready and willing to step in
The Arsenal shareholder released a statement following the confirmation of Wenger’s new contract.He expressed his happiness with the decision and praised Wenger as one of the best coaches in Europe.
“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,” the statement read, as reported by BBC Sport editor Dan Roan.
Usmanov also used the opportunity to put pressure on majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, saying that he needs to give Wenger his full support.
“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 his long contribution merits.”
“However, without the right support there remains a real risk his legacy will be tarnished.”
We can assume that “support” means a large transfer kitty, something which Usmanov has never been shy of promising Arsenal in his effort to takeover the club. He went on to say:
“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.”
This seems to be a continuation of Usmanov’s strategy of positioning himself as some sort of saviour of the club. His statements have always promised action and support, in stark contrast to Kroenke’s silence.