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Wenger: Arsenal players can handle boardroom battle

The Gunners' preparations for Wednesday's opening Champions League clash against Sevilla at Emirates Stadium were overshadowed by the news Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov has increased his shareholding in the club.

And Wenger said: "We are in a position where, at the moment, I don't feel there is anything big moving around the club or uncertainty surrounding the ownership.

"For me, it looks to be settled, the situation at the club.

"The directors don't need to reassure me because they have already come out and said they don't need to sell."

Wenger added: "You are here in London Colney (where Arsenal's training ground is based) - here is the real football of the club. You can look around and see no-one who is interfering.

"We are focused on the game, preparing for the game and that is all we need.

"The happiness is linked to having a good football team which plays good football and I can work the way I like.

"It is a good feeling when you wake up in the morning and are happy to go to your job and that is what is happening for me.

"I drive out here every day, we are happy to do what we do and the board help make that possible."

Wenger - who earlier this month signed a new three-year deal with Arsenal - added: "Of course you care who is on the board because some people are more intrusive than others.

"But the tradition at Arsenal Football Club has always been for a manager to do his work like he wants to do it. That is the tradition of the club."

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