Stan Kroenke wants Wenger to remain at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke wants boss Arsene Wenger could remain at the club into a third decade.
Wenger, 63, has spent 17 seasons with the Gunners but his current deal expires next summer.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 giants PSG but Kroenke says Wenger is doing a ‘great job’ and says he hopes the manager will stay at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future.
“There’s no one I feel more strongly about and I think he is doing a great job,” Kroenke told The Daily Telegraph.
“We have been very supportive, we have never wavered, we are proud of him, proud of the club, the way the club is run and how it holds itself out to the world.”
When asked if Wenger remained central to his ‘long-term’ vision for Arsenal, Kroenke replied: “That’s exactly right.”
“Arsène knows how we feel, what our philosophy is, what we want to do and I feel like we are totally aligned. I think he wants to do it the exact same way as we do.”
However, the 66-year-old US businessman refused to confirm if Wenger would definitely sign a new deal, particularly after a difficult spell in charge of the Gunners.
“Arsène is his own man, he will make up his own mind,” said Kroenke.
“There is a lot of pressure in the job, he has handled it very well but at some point we all make up our minds whether we continue in our careers.
“I don’t want to say something about Arsène that is not the way he feels but, to me, I think he seems to love what he does. I had my son and a bunch of his friends at the training ground. A couple of them are NBA players.
“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 Arsène was out in the middle of it. He’s out there coaching every day. You’ve got to love that or you can’t do it. That’s a passion.”