'Kroenke is backing Wenger and so am I', admits Hill-Wood


Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has reiterated his support for under-fire manager Arsene Wenger and revealed that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is also backing the Frenchman.

Wenger’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend against Championship opposition and face an almost impossible task in the Champions League tonight where they host German giants Bayern Munich.

However, Hill-Wood believes Wenger is the right man for the job despite eight trophyless years and confirmed that he has the support of the board – including American billionaire Kroenke.

“You hear clubs being criticised for sacking their manager too quickly. Now there are people out there calling for us to sack a manager who has been a huge success for 15 years.

“That does not help much. I have been extremely disappointed by some of the recent results. I have been an Arsenal fan for a lot longer than most so I think I know what it feels like. It hurts a lot and I am sure Arsene is hurting too.

“He is very diplomatic and calm but deep down he feels very strongly and he is as upset as anyone.

“It’s not just me who is backing Arsene. [Major shareholder] Stan Kroenke is very supportive too.”


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