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Arsenal boss Wenger relaxed as Kroenke edges closer to takeover

Arsene Wenger is unconcerned with Stan Kroenke's continued investment in Arsenal - so long as it never impacts on the way he runs the team. The American tycoon has edged closer towards the takeover threshold following the announcement of the purchase of another 427 shares in Arsenal's parent holding company, at a cost of some £3.6million.

The Denver-based sports magnate is now the largest individual shareholder in the Gunners, with a stake of some 29.6% after acquiring more stock from the estate of the late British industrialist Ernest Harrison.

Should Kroenke, or indeed anyone else such as second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov, reach a figure of 29.9%, they would, under the City's financial regulations, be obliged to launch a formal takeover bid.

"Inside the club, on a daily basis, it does not change anything," the Arsenal boss said.

"As long as I am not told I have to change the way I see the vision for the club on the technical side, as long as nobody interferes with that, then I do not see what kind of impact it could have on me."

The Frenchman added: "I believe I have shown I can manage a club on the technical side - and I have that guarantee at the club, no matter who the owner will be."

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