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shareholder Alisher Usmanov has suggested that manager Arsene Wenger
must be part of the process when choosing his own successor.
Wenger, who has been in charge of the Gunners for more than 20 years,
has come under increasing pressure this season as the club has again
not challenged for the Premier League title and were knocked out of the
Champions League in the last 16.
The 67-year-old Frenchman's contract with the London club expires at
the end of this campaign and neither the club or the manager as made any
official announcement on his future.
A Russian billionaire who owns 30% of Arsenal, Usmanov admits that he
has concerns about the results on pitch but says the club also needs
Usmanov told Bloomberg: "Some continuity is needed. This includes the
need to prepare a successor for Wenger, but in a very respectful way.
"I can suggest that Wenger himself can prepare a successor."
He added: "I do not think that the coach alone is to be blamed for what is happening."
The Gunners wretched season hit a new low as Arsenal crashed to a humiliating 3-0
defeat at lowly Crystal Palace that leaves their top four bid in
Wenger has been under siege in recent weeks as angry
Arsenal fans demanded his resignation and the calls for the Gunners boss
to quit will grow even louder after one of the most chastening defeats
of his 21-year reign.