Arsenal’s owner explains why Wenger is the ‘right guy’

Date published: Thursday 26th October 2017 9:40

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke claims he is “committed long-term” to the football club and reckons the hierarchy made the right decision to keep Arsene Wenger as manager.

The Frenchman extended his contract for another two years in the summer following a season of uncertainty as the club finished outside the top four in the Premier League, missing out on a Champions League place.

Kroenke owns a 67% majority stake in Arsenal and he says the feeling of winning trophies with the Gunners is “contagious”.

“Just go look at our history,” Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph. “We get into these things to try to grow them. You don’t see us selling things. We are committed long-term. That [selling] is just not our model.

“I’m at a stage in life where … what good does that do? I love Arsenal, love being involved with Arsenal. There’s no finer feeling than going out and winning like we did with the FA Cup … the feeling is contagious and it makes you want to keep doing it.

“There’s so many easier ways to make money, I can assure you. Much, much easier.”

Not everyone agreed with Kroenke’s decision to award Wenger an extended stay at the Emirates Stadium but the American business is sure he made the right call.

“When you make decisions like that you are weighing lots of different factors but you hope that you weigh them correctly and come out with the right decision – I think we did,” Kroenke continued.

“We have dealt with this a lot and we believe Arsène is doing a great job and is the right guy.

“It’s easy to change coaches and people do it all the time … an easy answer is to do something. It’s harder not to do something. We have dealt with this a lot in different organisations and we just think that Arsène is doing a great job and he’s the right guy.

“I’m sure he was thinking through if he wants to go on. We have a lot of respect for Arsène – we are not going to be pushy about things.

“I think he treated us with respect as well. I think he is more focused than ever. Focused on winning. I really think I do see that.”

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