Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke 'desperate to win the league'
US tycoon vows to stick by Arsene Wenger who he hopes will sign a new contract extension
ARSENAL'S American owner Stan Kroenke has reiterated his support for Arsene Wenger and admitted his desperation to win the Premier League title.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Gunners' largest shareholder, expressed his hope that Wenger will extend his Arsenal contract when it expires at the end of this season – even though the Frenchman has said he'll address the matter at a later date.
"There's no one I feel more strongly about and I think he is doing a great job," said the tycoon. "We are proud of him, proud of the club, the way the club is run and how it holds itself out to the world."
For the 66-year-old Kroenke it's Wenger's passion for the game that he finds so inspiring, a fact he illustrated with a recent anecdote.
"I had my son and a bunch of his friends at the training ground. A couple of them are NBA players," he said. "We were standing out in the rain watching. It rained like hell. This was going on for several hours. I was getting worried about players getting hit by lightning and Arsene was out in the middle of it. He's out there coaching every day."
Nonetheless, the fact remains that a club of Arsenal's stature have now gone eight-and-a-half years without a trophy and it's a decade since they last lifted the title.
Kroenke confessed he's anxious to see the club crowned league champions. "There would be nothing more thrilling," he said. "I'm not getting any younger. It's something I would like to achieve. I've done it a couple of times in the US [in American Football and basketball] and it was unbelievable."
Kroenke believes the signing of Mesut Ozil will go a long way in helping Arsenal top the league. "What a great player," he said. "His spirit is great... We stayed in close touch as we went through the process. Everyone wanted to get him, other teams wanted to get him and to get him here is fantastic." ·