Football: Arsenal owner Kroenke wants Arsene Wenger to stay a Gunner
LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has made it clear he wants manager Arsene Wenger to stay at the club and end the Gunners' trophy drought.
French boss Wenger has already been at the north London side for 17 years.
But Arsenal have now entered their ninth season without silverware, their last major trophy the 2005 FA Cup.
Wenger's contract is due to expire after the end of the current campaign and there has been speculation regarding the 63-year-old's long-term future.
But American businessman Kroenke, in a rare interview with Friday's Daily Telegraph, made it clear he wants Wenger to stay in post.
"There's no one I feel more strongly about and I think he is doing a great job," Kroenke said.
"We have been very supportive, we have never wavered, we are proud of him, proud of the club, the way the club is run and how it holds itself out to the world."
Asked if Wenger was part of Arsenal's long-term plans, Kroenke replied: "That's exactly right. Arsene knows how we feel, what our philosophy is, what we want to do and I feel like we are totally aligned.
"I think he wants to do it the exact same way as we do.
"I really enjoy Arsene - very smart, very intelligent. He has an absolute view on how he runs that team and the club. He has earned that right."