Usmanov calls on Kroenke to help protect Wenger's legacy


With Arsene Wenger agreeing a two-year renewal to his contract as Arsenal boss, all eyes will be on his activity in the transfer market as he seeks to make strides on a disappointing 2016-17 campaign.

Wenger's future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent weeks as the Frenchman approaches the end of his current deal at The Emirates.

"Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe", owner Stan Kroenke said.

"So the board has to be realistic and say: 'Are we going to compete at this level?' He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing", he added.

Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea 2-1 last Saturday to clinch the title after bossing the game for large parts. He left for Barcelona in 2007 as a two-time Premier League champion and three-time victor of the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award.

Alexis and Ozil were both among Arsenal's leading scorers this season, netting 24 and nine Premier League goals respectively.

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And Wright says it will now be a "disaster" if Wenger opts to step away from Arsenal.

Wenger is acutely aware of the disruption his departure at such a late stage could cause, which is one of the reasons why it is most likely he will extend his reign.

"I just don't want him to go on too long and for it to crumble and end in tears, and all of us don't like Arsene".

Wenger has presided over a gruelling season, which saw his team fail to qualify for the Champions League, but masterminded a stunning FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend. "We have played some games in a hostile environment and I never accept that". Additionally, in 2003-04 season he became the first manager to lead a club through an unbeaten season in the Premier. Prior to a Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Bayern Munich, Gunners supporters dissented against the Frenchman before kick-off, with an estimated 200 fans marching in protest outside the stadium.

Looking back on a 21-year association with Wenger, Arsenal was unwilling to leap into the dark and part with its most successful manager. "The players play for their future, for their next season", Wenger said.