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What Arsenal's takeover could mean for Arsene Wenger

Saturday 20th May 2017
According to reports; Alisher Usmanov has offered a whopping £1 billion to buy out Arsenal's majority shareholder; Stan Kroenke. Often cited as a supporter of Wenger's, Usmanov is set to become the club's major player should Kroenke accept his bid.

But the future is not bright for the club's long-serving manager, no matter the billionaire's assumed allegiance.

Usmanov has been quoted, recently, as saying that Wenger should be making a concerted effort to identify his own successor as manager of the London club. The Frenchman has been rather cryptic since the turn of the year but the club have stated they have total faith in their man and he will remain in situ for the coming 12 months before the end of next season.

Quite how that will play out with a usurping major shareholder remains to be seen but Usmanov is unlikely to rest on his laurels with the club out of Europe's most financially lucrative competition: the Champion's League.

Wenger has carved out an incredible niche for himself at Arsenal: he remains the only manager to lead a club to an unbeaten title in the Premier League era, he has maintained a lengthy, continuous run in the Champion's League and has equalled Manchester United's unprecedented success where the FA Cup is concerned and can surpass it once again this season - why should he leave?

Usmanov's comments, from earlier this year, suggest that Wenger is not in his long-term plans but they imply much more than any of us could've imagined at the time. Essentially, he is asking Wenger to pick someone to replace him and the club will act as quickly as possible to secure them under Usmanov's 'leadership'.

In brief, the billionaire doesn't intend to trust Arsene Wenger with a transfer budget this summer; nor does he intend for the Frenchman to start the season in the Emirates home dugout. Instead, he hopes for new blood to take the already impressive Arsenal squad back into the top spots of the Premier League - if not the very top.

You can understand his hesitation in offering Wenger a war chest for the summer given his mismanagement of players over the season. Asking someone like Alexis Sanchez to celebrate a draw is like asking your average lottery player to celebrate a £25 win - it's a nice thing to happen but you aren't partying at the thought of it!

I wholly believe that Wenger's days are numbered no matter what Stan Kroenke decides. If he accepts the bid then Usmanov will no doubt ask Wenger to step down and consult the Frenchman on his replacement - he should be treated similarly to Sir Alex Ferguson leaving Manchester United quite frankly; an unparalleled legend in his own right.

Should Kroenke refuse to sell his majority share; Wenger will be thrown into the transfer market with much less than he might imagine, pending Sanchez' transfer, and will be unceremoniously dumped by the club once the fans finally turn as an entire group on their manager.

Either way, Wenger must leave Arsenal within the next 12 months - we all hope it remains his own decision but it simply doesn't look to be the case.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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