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Arsenal Owner On Wenger & Trophies

Arsenal’s primary owner, American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke, was ebullient before the start of the season, claiming that now is the club’s time to end its trophy drought.

After a shocking start however, the knee-jerkers were quick to claim that crisis was afoot at the Emirates. They howled that that under the club’s current ownership and the management of Arsene Wenger, the Gunners faithful longing to sip from the cup of success were destined to remain parched.

One quick signing of Mesut Ozil later, and a handful of positive results, and suddenly Kroenke is crooning again.

Not only has he backed Wenger to keep his job as Arsenal boss for many seasons to come, but he has boldly suggested that this is the club’s chance to win the Premier League too.

Regarding Wenger, who came under fire during the transfer window, Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph: "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."

So far Wenger has remained tight-lipped about where he sees his future, with reports suggesting he could favour an executive role at PSG.

And Kroenke is not rushing the Frenchman to put his cards on the table, although he will wager that Wenger will stay.

"Arsene is his own man, he will make up his own mind," Kroenke said. "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 don't want to say something about Arsene that is not the way he feels but, to me, I think he seems to love what he does. I had my son and a bunch of his friends at the training ground. A couple of them are NBA players.

"We were standing out in the rain watching. It rained like hell. This was going on for several hours. I was getting worried about players getting hit by lightning and Arsene was out in the middle of it. He's out there coaching every day. You've got to love that or you can't do it."

And regarding Arsenal’s prospects for the title, which suddenly look rosier than they did a few short weeks ago, 66-year-old sports nut Kroenke added: "There would be nothing more thrilling.

"I'm not getting any younger. It's something I would like to achieve. I've done it a couple of times in the US [in ice-hockey, American football and Major League Soccer] and it was unbelievable."

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