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Re: J'accuse Wenger and Kroenke The Curse of Silent Stan
Posted by: Merlin96
Date: 25/03/2016 16:04

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has offered his full support for Arsene Wenger - and insisted the club “must retain” him as manager.

Gunners boss Wenger is under unprecedented pressure after the club crashed out of the Champions League and FA Cup while they have also fallen behind in the title race.

Fed-up fans have been calling for Wenger to go and have also pointed the finger at majority shareholder Stan Kroenke for not axing the manager.

But Usmanov’s comments to a Russian TV station have made it clear that he also supports Wenger as the Uzbeki tycoon made it clear the the club “needs” him to stay.

Usmanov, in an interview with Rossiya24, 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 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.”

That could be a major blow for some fans who have seen Usmanov as the preferred option because they believed he would demand success.

Usmanov has upset Wenger in the past by demanding more trophies and being critical of the club’s recent lack of success.

But this very noticeable change in direction is good news for Wenger and - indirectly - good for Kroenke as it proves that even if he went there would not be further change.

Fans have recently started chanting and banners against Kroenke who has been strong in his staunch defence for Wenger’s record.

Usmanov, who has recently taken up sole charge of his 30 per cent stake in the club, hinted at a succession plan but there is clearly no view from him to axe Wenger.

Wenger, 66, who has a year left on his current £8million-a-year contract has told those close to him that he wants to stay and rebuild the squad.

Firm backing from the club’s hierarchy and boardroom will only strengthen Wenger’s belief that he will carry on and not walk away this summer.


Least we forgot that in 2009, Arsenal fans begged Arsene Wenger not to go as Real Madrid was seriously plotting to snatch him should contract negotiation failed.

And in our delusion of grandeur, Arsenal fans had real short-term memory that it is not Arsene Wenger's fault that he was under severe budgetary constraint - imposed by those terms of that £260-million mortgage bond till 2031 - that every transfer activities are needed the permission of the banking consortium during those lean years from 2004/05 to 2013/14.

Yes, he is only human and made mistakes, most unforgivable in 2007/08 and somewhat in 2013/14 and 2014/15 when our rivals were under transition and a few astute buys will turn us into title-winner. But of course, all these are alternative history and "what if". We will never know.

The greatest service Arsene Wenger had done for Arsenal fans is not those French Spine nor The Invincibles, but that £420-million (final cost) 60,000-seater stadium that dragged Arsenal FC into the rank of global football club that can compete and will compete against the likes of Real Madrid, Barca and Bayern Munich in the near future.

Regardless of the current failures of Arsene Wenger, he had done his duty to leave Arsenal FC with a from foundation in Emirates Stadium and Youth Development for the next manager to bring us to the level of Real Madrid, Barca and Bayern Munich.

In fact, we had caught up with our local rivals in ManU, Chelski and Abu Dhabi City, playing them on an even footing this season.

We always heard of the Board had so much cash that Arsene Wenger can spend and previously even PHW had said the Board will not stop Arsene Wenger from spending.

But that is not the whole truth. Yes, Arsene Wenger can spend all he wanted but the fine print said "within the approved budget please".

Arsene Wenger is an honourable man and will not stab nor bite the hand that feed him. Notice the silence from Arsene Wenger or confirmation from him as to how much he can spend?

Perhaps we have to wain for his biography to hear the side of his story.

In attacking Arsene Wenger, we are curing only the symptom(s) but not the cause of Arsenal FC illness.

The symptoms are:
1 - Arsene Wenger is fiercely loyal to his hand-picked coaching staff, regardless of whether they are dinosaurs with outdated and predictable attacking football tactics that every decent football managers knew how to pick our defence apart.

2 - In hindsight, the failure of those old boys and Etonians to leverage on sponsorships and naming rights during Emirates Stadium construction. On the other hand, the Board then was finding it extremely difficult to arrange loans and attracting sponsors as Arsenal FC, to be brutally frank, is just a local and well-known English club and not of the marquee status of the likes of ManU and Liverpool.

In fact, even during 2014/15 FY, Liverpool commercial business is still greater than Arsenal FC.

3 - We are owned by corporate predators and fund managers whose only interest is to enhance the selling price of Arsenal Holdings plc to prospective buyers and walk away with at least 200% capital gain.

Both Silent Stan and Usmanov are salivating now at the real prospect of those Chinese or Asian Billionaires or African Billionaires or Russki Sugar Daddy or petrodollar sheikhs willingly to buy Arsenal FC as a status symbol, price is of no concern.

Silent Stan is not daft and knew that he will to open his purse-string to provide funds for a desperate Arsene Wenger to build his 4th team in the summer to win title or CL Cup; which will in turn can only increase turnovers and enhanced the selling price of Arsenal Holdings plc.

That AJ is the real corporate world where captive customers are helpless and their only weapon is consumer boycott.

How many die-in-the-wool Arsenal fans are willingly to give up their season tickets and walk away from the local club that their great-grandparent, grandparent and parent supported and in turn pass this heritage to them?

That is the crux of the matter isn't it AJ?

Like the mythical phoenix, first you must destroy and burn the present phoenix to birth a new phoenix; which is no guarantee it will be better than the current devil you know.

Yes, AJ, you can destroy a gigantic tree by first cutting its root and watch it die gradually. Is that how you want to get rid of Silent Stan by first destroying the grassroots support of Arsenal FC?

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