Arsene Wenger should be allowed a chance to decide when he will leave Arsenal as he is the Emirates’ “main asset”, according to club’s major shareholder Alisher Usmanov.

The Gunners have been thrown out of the Champions League and FA Cup and are currently 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester but Wenger is being absolved of blame by the majority of the club’s owners.

The Russian tycoon while speaking to Rossiya24 TV channel said: “I have increased my stake in Arsenal to above 30%, and became the second largest shareholder.

“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.”

The Gunners seems all but certain to miss out on the Premier League crown once again despite this season being one of their best chances in recent years.

It now leaves serious question marks over Arsene Wenger and his future at the Emirates. Is he still the right person to lead Arsenal? Many fans actually not interested to discuss it, and while he is still clearly a good manager, his failures are loud and clear to see and are to some extent harming the club.

You can always predict an Arsenal season before it even begun. Key areas of the squad would not be addressed in the summer before a positive start ends up falling apart breaking thousands of hearts through injuries and they ultimately blow their chance.

Critics say, Wenger just doesn’t want to learn from his past mistakes; it may be sticking with rubbish players, not buying a holding midfielder or even tactical errors. It always looks to be somebody else’s fault and he is far too stubborn to confess he did not get it right and has the knack to prove doubters wrong.

Wenger has another season on his contract which pays him £8 million a year, but  Usmanov, who owns 30 percent of the club, has given the 66-year-old his full support despite the ongoing criticism against him as he always been a strong admirer of the Frenchman.

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