Arsenal owner Kroenke hopes Wenger agrees to new managerial contract
When the going gets tough, the tough get going, Arsene Wenger has closely lived by that formula in his managerial career. The time-tested and celebrated Arsenal manager has faced the music from the club’s fans and owners many times. The French boss was close to making a forced exit a couple of times, but Wenger somehow manages to pull through and show his worth to the club in the end.
Only a couple of months ago, the majority of Arsenal fans were begging the administration to sack Wenger. The faithful of the North Londoners no longer believed in the vision of the Gunners boss, but impressive form and big signings have rejuvenated Wenger’s career at the Emirates.
Wenger has agreed to signing a new contract yet, something that brought smiles to the faces of unhappy Arsenal fans only a month ago. However, now each Gunner is raising the banner of “In Wenger We Trust”. Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke admits he would love to see Wenger extend his stay at the club and end the trophy curse.
Kroenke, who seldom appears in front of the media, told reporters from the Telegraph that he hoped Wenger would agree to remain at Arsenal for a third decade. Kroenke also praised the achievements Wenger has acquired in a 17-year long spell with Arsenal.
“There's no one I feel more strongly about and I think he is doing a great job,” Kroenke said. “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.
“Arsene 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."
“Arsene 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.”
Kroenke admitted he loved the “passion” Wenger showed to the club and the game and believed that such devotion will certainly bear fruit.
“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. That's a passion."
“I really enjoy Arsene -- very smart, very intelligent,” Kroenke added. “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.”