By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will never voice an opinion on ownership issues at Arsenal because he doesn't believe it's his place to do so.
In the past year Stan Kroenke has increase his leading stake in the Club to just shy of 30 per cent, while Red and White Holdings own 26.8 per cent of the shares. The other two major shareholders in Arsenal are Club Director Danny Fiszman (16.1 per cent) and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith (15.9 per cent).
The launch of Arsenal Fanshare in August gave supporters a chance to buy their own slice of the Club, encouraging plurality of ownership in a way no other Premier League club does.
Wenger has kept his own counsel on the ownership issue throughout recent developments and he explained why at a Shareholders' Q&A on Thursday night.
"I always say to my staff that at a good football club everybody gives their best for what they are paid for and a bad football club is when everybody wants an opinion about the job of the next person," he said.
"I consider myself here as an employee that has to give absolutely everything to do well for this Club. I am not to have an opinion about who owns the Club or who are the shareholders. My job is to do well and to keep these people happy and that’s why I will never have an opinion on who should own the Club.
"It is important that I always remember that my job is to do well for the Club and the shareholders, but not to have an input on who is the owner of the Club - as long as I can work with the freedom I want."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Sep 2010