Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has found his position at the club under scrutiny as of late, following a disappointing run of results.
The Gunners have bowed out of the FA Cup and Champions League recently and have fallen 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City in the title race.
Those results have led to the divide of the Gunners fan base into two factions: one who supports Wenger and one who wants the Frenchman to vacate his position.
Some supporters have even displayed banners asking for Wenger’s exit during away games. Many of the fans have also called for more involvement of co-owner Alisher Usmanov, who doesn’t have a seat on the club board, so he isn’t involvelved in the decision-making at the club.
However, in a major blow to the cause of WOBs (Wenger Out Brigade), Usmanov has provided his full backing to Wenger and has called the Frenchman the main asset of the club.
In an interview with TV channel Rossiya24, via talkSPORT, Usmanov said:
“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 (English Premier League) 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.”
The French manager seems to have the backing of the club at the moment, and it’s highly unlikely that he will depart before the expiration of his current contract with the club.