Arsenal owner wants Wenger stay

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Arsenal's owner Stan Kroenke has dispelled any lingering fears over the future of team manager Arsene Wenger, during an interview with The Telegraph.

The French manager is currently in his 17th year in charge of the Gunners but is in the last year of his contract at The Emirates Stadium.

Wenger has faced some criticism in recent years of the trophy drought at the club, who, haven't won a major tournament since the FA Cup in 2005 and they also haven't won a Premier League since the unbeaten 'invincible' campaign of 2003/04.

The winless run has been blamed for a number of years worth of money saving after moving to their new stadium in 2006, leaving behind their old Highbury home despite consistently qualifying for the Champions League.

However, the north London club made a statement of intent over the summer that they are ready to spend again with the £40 million+ capture of Real Madrid superstar Mesut Ozil.

Kroenke, the American businessman, has been largely criticised for his role in Arsenal's ownership of the last few years but the Ozil signing is starting to convince fans he is trying to do the right thing.

When speaking about Wenger, the 66-year-old said: “There’s no one I feel more strongly about and I think he is doing a great job.

“We have been very supportive, we have never wavered, we are proud of him, proud of the club, the way the club is run and how it holds itself out to the world.

“Arsène knows how we feel, what our philosophy is, what we want to do and I feel like we are totally aligned. I think he wants to do it the exact same way as we do.

“Arsène is his own man, he will make up his own mind.

“There is a lot of pressure in the job, he has handled it very well but at some point we all make up our minds whether we continue in our careers.

“I really enjoy Arsène – very smart, very intelligent," Kroenke continued.

“He has an absolute view on how he runs that team and the club. He has earned that right. Don’t look for me to interfere with that. I have learnt over the years that sometimes owners try do that and it is not so good.

“We’ve always said that there are resources available. There are guys who say that we should push Arsène harder to spend. That’s fair enough – there are always lots of opinions but Arsène is an independent thinker and planner. He works very hard at it and has a wonderful record. He was trained in economics.”

The Gunners have made a great start to the current Premier League season and are top after five games and they will look to remain in that position into next week with a win against Swansea City.

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