Kroenke backs Arsene Wenger

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has backed Arsene Wenger despite the club’s slow start to the season, and has stated that the French coach will be in charge at the Emirates for however long he wants to be.

With defeats against Liverpool, Manchester United and Blackburn in their first five games of the season, pressure has been mounting on Wenger, with some figures in the press suggesting it may be time for a change in North London.

However, the Premier League club’s owner has revealed his admiration and backing of his man in charge.

“You know something, Arsene is one of my favourite people I have met in the last 20 years. He is a great person and I love the way he handles himself,” the American told The Telegraph.

“I love his focus. He is a very intelligent guy. You can talk to him about anything and, when he starts talking to people, I really love to listen to him. He should hold seminars he is so good at it. I have tremendous confidence in him. He is one of the great managers in the world,” he continued.

Wenger will have been in charge at Arsenal for 15 years on Friday, and asked whether he could make 25 years like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Kroenke kept an open mind.

“With Arsene, it’s his decision and only he will know that. He still maintains himself in tremendous physical shape. You have to have stamina and energy. It’s an energy business. You are coaching, training, travelling and in stadiums packed with pressure.

“It’s almost like you are training like an athlete. Arsene has great energy and that will always be his decision,” he concluded.

With the North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Arsenal can ease the pressure with a win, but will be questioned as contenders if they are defeated.

Written By Gareth McKnight
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