Arsenal’s second highest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has increased the pressure on first team boss Arsene Wenger.
Usmanov has given a glowing endorsement of the current position the Gunners find themselves in, which creates the obvious expectation and necessity of success in the near future.
“The club is very well placed to succeed. I think we begin a new era for Arsenal where we win trophies. That is most important for football. In my opinion, in line with the existing rules, the club has the correct decision-making process in place, including their selection policy, especially now, when they have the means to buy the best players,” said the Russian.
Arsenal ended a nine-year wait for a trophy last season when they lifted the FA Cup in a dramatic final against Hull City.
Arsene Wenger responded over the summer by making big investments in right-back Mathieu Debuchy, attacking star Alexis Sanchez and he also drafted in goalkeeper David Ospina.
The Frenchman is under real pressure because he’s out of excuses if Arsenal don’t back up that FA Cup win with further trophies over the course of the next 12 months.
Success breeds success and Usmanov is suggesting that Arsenal need to put more silverware in the trophy cabinet as they embark on what could be the most competitive Premier League season in years.
It won’t be easy for the Gunners because Chelsea have created a world class squad, Manchester City will be determined to defend their title, Liverpool have momentum from last season and Manchester United can’t be as bad as they were under the guidance of David Moyes.
Arsenal should be very determined to compete for the league title because there will still be pain from last season where the Gunners were top for longer than any other side but slipped down to fourth place by the end of the campaign.
Wenger signed a new three-year contract towards the back end of last season, which shows the faith the club have in him but with stadium debts paid off and two world class signings in two consecutive summers, the boss has no excuses for not winning more trophies this season and until the end of his current deal.
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