Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has stated that Arsenal need Arsene Wenger and he is their best asset.

Wenger has come under major criticism in recent weeks as Arsenal look set for another disappointing end to a campaign. Still, Usmanov, who is the club’s second largest shareholder behind owner Stan Kroenke has offered his support to the Frenchman.

‘Arsenal’s results are stable. They are always among the leaders of the English Premier League,’ he said. ‘This is a good and large sports business project and I am pleased with it.

‘The only thing is that today such a situation has occurred, but, 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 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.’

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