ALISHER Usmanov, Arsenalâ€™s second largest shareholder after Stan Kroenke, has accused ArsÃ¨ne Wenger of failing to learn from his mistakes and claims the club must strengthen every area of the team to compete with Europeâ€™s elite.
The Russian billionaire stressed his desire to see Wenger reintroduce success at Arsenal but expressed his concerns that the Frenchmanâ€™s â€œprinciplesâ€ could be holding the side back following another defeat at the hands of Manchester United that continued a miserable recent record against the Premier Leagueâ€™s strongest sides.
Speaking to CNBC, Usmanov said: â€œHe is one of the greatest coaches, not just of European, but of world football. But we have a Russian proverb which goes: â€œEven an old lady can have a roof falling on her.
â€œEverybody makes mistakes. He can make mistakes and I know as you age it is more difficult, more challenging to accept oneâ€™s mistakes. Does [Wenger] have money or not? There is officially money in the club.
â€œArsenal is a dream that sometimes becomes a mirage and sometimes a pain as every dream. [The] potential of the team is there but there is no critical evaluation of mistakes and they need to need to acknowledge them. Because no genius can retain the same level of genius if they do not acknowledge mistakes. Itâ€™s only when you admit your mistakes that you can get rid of them.
â€œMy opinion â€“ and I tell it openly â€“ we need to strengthen every position to play on the level of such teams in [the] UK as Chelsea and Manchester City, in Europe like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and other clubs.â€
The 2-1 defeat to United left Arsenal in eighth place in the Premier League with four wins from 12 matches â€“ their worst start to a season since the 1982-83 â€“ and prompted Wenger to label his side â€œdefensively naiveâ€. – The Guardian