Major Emirates Stadium shareholder has his say on under-fire French boss.
Arsenal’s second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has told Arsene Wenger to learn from his mistakes after his side’s recent defeat to Man United according to Sky Sports.
The Russian billionaire owns 30 per cent of the north London club and insists money is available to invest in the Gunners squad, stating;
“Does (Wenger) have money or not? There is officially money in the club,” Usmanov said.
“My opinion – and I tell it openly – we need to strengthen every position to play on the level of such teams in [the] UK as Chelsea and Manchester City, in Europe like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris St Germain and other clubs.”
Arsenal ended a lengthy silverware drought when they captured the FA Cup crown last term but are once again well off the Premier League title pace and questions have been asked of Wenger after back to back Premier League defeats.
Usmanov has been at pains to sing Wenger’s praises whilst also insisting the veteran French boss must not correct errors.
“Arsene Wenger is one of the greatest coaches, not just of European, but of world football. But we have a Russian proverb which goes, ‘Even an old lady can have a roof falling on her’.
“Everybody makes mistakes. He can make mistakes and I know as you age it is more difficult, more challenging to accept one’s mistakes.
“The potential of the team is there but there is no critical evaluation of mistakes and they need to acknowledge them, because no genius can retain the same level of genius if they do not acknowledge mistakes.
“It’s only when you admit your mistakes that you can get rid of them. I wish this for my club”