Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has full confidence in Arsene Wenger
Gunners fans have dubbed the American ‘Silent Stan’ for his reluctance to talk about club matters in the past, but in formally announcing the appointment of Wenger for another two years until 2019, the club also released quotes explaining the decision.
Kroenke has been the majority shareholder since April 2011, having first bought shares four years earlier.
In that time, instead of being the ‘Invincibles’, Arsenal have become the ‘Near-Invisibles’ on the honours’ lists.
Nevertheless, his backing for Wenger has been resolute, and private talks with the Frenchman on Monday paved the way for his reappointment by the board yesterday, although it was by no means a unanimous discussion at the Emirates’ meeting.
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However, Kroenke said: “Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe.
“It’s what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won’t rest until that is achieved.
“Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen. He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing.”
Already, though, Wenger has had his first setback of the new season after Santi Cazorla had to go back under the knife on Monday for the eighth time to repair his ankle.
He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing
Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke
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The Arsenal star has been missing since damaging it in the 6-0 win over Ludogorets in October and could now be out until December.
“I’ve had complications since November,” he explained.
“I got a bacterial infection in surgery, my bone got infected, the wound would not close and I had a graft done.”