Alisher Usmanov comments place Arsene Wenger under pressure

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Arsene Wenger has been put under even more pressure this week after Arsenal’s second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov claims the team must ‘strengthen in every position’

The Gunners have endured their worst start to the season for over 30 years and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United has prompted fierce debate regarding the future of the club.

Wenger’s side are 15 points behind league leaders Chelsea and Usmanov thinks Arsenal are miles away from competing.

Speaking to CNBC he said: "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 Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and other clubs."

The 61-year-old admitted he likes the current manager for his stubbornness in the transfer market but thinks it could also be Wenger’s weakness.


"I like Arsene for his principles. But principles are sort of restriction. And restrictions are always lost possibilities.

"That's why sometimes coaches even without principles became the coaches of great teams. And some coaches with principles lose because some positions in the team are vacant because of ethical, moral or personal views.”

Wenger is approaching nearly two decades in north London and has overseen many changes within the club, Uzmanov respects that errors will be made during the transition phases but thinks the hardest part is admitting to them.

"I like Arsene for his principles. But principles are sort of restriction." - Alisher Usmanov

"Everybody makes mistakes. He can make mistakes and I know as you age it is more difficult, more challenging to accept one's mistakes."

Arsenal’s games do not get any easier with a crucial clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, the Gunners are currently five points behind their German counterparts in Group D and a loss would guarantee Jurgen Klopp's side the top spot.

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