In an interview given with the Daily Telegraph, Kroenke gives his complete backing to Wenger and his policies which have come under close scrutiny since the back end of last season – more so than usual, but the businessman continues to back him and has stated that for as long as he wants to remain boss he will, one contradictory lie though was told as Kroenke told reporters that it was Arsene not he who sanctioned the sale of Nasri – despite Wenger publicly stating time and time again that he wanted to keep Nasri at the club, and was known that at a members day kroenke turned to Wenger and told him he was sanctioning the sale and was a known theme throughout the sage that Kroenke had told Manchester City they could continue their pursuit of the French midfielder.
Speaking to the Telegraph Kroenke said:
“Maybe it is one of those times when we have to work our way through, maybe with some young players.”
“Arsene has been really good at developing these guys, people like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. “There are some really good players that Arsene thinks can be special.”
“Sometimes you go through periods like that. “Arsene’s our man. As an owner, that’s who we put our confidence in.”
“With Arsene, it’s his decision and only he will know that. “He still maintains himself in tremendous physical shape. You have to have stamina and energy.”
“Arsene has great energy and that will always be his decision.”
He also spoke of on the Fabregas saga and insisted he and the club did not want to stand in the way of his move back to his home town of Barcelona:
“That was between Arsene and him,”
“I like the kid but I’m not going to change his mind, Arsene made the decision.”
“If we wanted to be really hard about it, we could have done but Arsene believed that it was the right way to do it.”
Now this is where the lie and smokescreen comes into play regarding Nasri’s move to Manchester:
“I also get it on Nasri, If we didn’t do something on Nasri people would be looking at us next summer and saying, ‘Why didn’t you do this?’
“We bought in a lot of resources that we can use on other players, I honestly didn’t make the decision on Nasri, of course the board talks about these things but at the end of the day, that’s for Arsene.”
Now given it was a known stance that Wenger wanted to keep Nasri at the club and believed he would stay, even publicly declaring his intention to keep Samir at the club, at the end of the day it’s the board that makes the decision and given he could have left for free at the end of the season, the board not Wenger decided to cash in, businessmen = profit not pleasure!