Wenger on Kroenke, Usmanov, and the lack of a lap of appreciation

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At his post-Everton press conference – well worth a look on the official site if you can – Arsene Wenger was asked about fans singing songs about Stan Kroenke, and why he didn’t participate in the lap of appreciation.

During the game, fans sang “Stan Kroenke, get out of our club”, an open show of dissent at the owner as the club beat the Toffees but failed to make the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Quizzed about the chants, Wenger said, “I respect everybody in life and I respect Stan Kroenke a lot.

“I don’t think that he is at fault for not reaching the Champions League, the technical department [manager and coaching staff] was responsible for that.

“I don’t see what he has to do with that.”

He was also asked about Alisher Usmanov and his reported bid to buy out the American.

“That again is not my problem,” he said, before revealing why he didn’t accompany the players on the lap appreciation.

The manager has always been part of that, but this season chose not to take part.

“The players have been disturbed enough,” he said.

“I wanted the players to have the quiet lap of honour that they’ve deserved. I was out there to show respect.”

To be fair, given the atmosphere at times this season, it was probably a sensible move to stay removed from it, but it’s all a bit sad really.

Wenger also said a decision on his future would be made soon, and it’s expected to happen within a couple of days of the FA Cup final next weekend.

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