AW focused on successful run-in

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Kroenke agreed to buy out major shareholders Danny Fiszman (16.1%) and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith (15.9%) for around £234million on Monday to secure a 62.89% controlling share in the club. He is now obliged to make a cash offer for the remaining capital at £11,750 per share. The club's total value has been set at £731million. Kroenke, who owns several American sports franchises, has vowed to bring back the glory days to the north London club, who have not won a trophy in six years. The Gunners lost to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final in February and trail Premier League leaders Manchester United by seven points with seven matches remaining. Wenger's side could reduce the gap to four points with a win against Liverpool on Sunday, though, and the Frenchman is convinced that his side can still win the championship. After meeting Kroenke, Wenger said: "I am aware of the offer but you will appreciate that the takeover is subject to various rules and as such I can't comment further. "I think I have a responsibility to bring success to the team, to be consistent at the top and to manage the club well. For me it is important as well that everybody inside the club does what they are responsible for. "My focus will be on ensuring the team has a successful run in to the end to the season. We have a lot to play for." The two men met at the Emirates Stadium, where they had gathered to pay tribute to the late Arsenal director Fiszman. Fiszman played a pivotal role in Arsenal's move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006 and the club honoured him yesterday by re-naming one of the bridges outside the ground in his honour. Wenger has revealed, meanwhile, that Wojciech Szczesny could recover from his finger injury to depose Jens Lehmann in Arsenal's line-up for Sunday's game. The young Pole has not played since he came off in the first half of the Gunners' 3-1 defeat to Barcelona five weeks ago. A knee injury to Manuel Almunia meant a recall for Lehmann in the club's 3-1 win at Blackpool, but the 41-year-old's renaissance with the gloves may prove to be short-lived. Wenger hopes that Szczesny and Johan Djourou, who had previously been expected to miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder problem, will be fit for the visit of Kenny Dalglish's team. Alex Song (knee) and Denilson (toe) could return but Bacary Sagna (knee) is a doubt while Almunia could also miss out. "We have no new injuries but we have a big doubt on Sagna," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. "Djourou and Wojciech are question marks. Will they be fit? That all has still to be decided. We have two more days to find out. It could be a possibility that they could be available. "It's difficult to say what their chances are. We have a test today [Thursday], we have a big test to see how they survive the training session. That will be very important. "Denilson and Song have a chance to be available as well." Long-term absentee Thomas Vermaelen has also returned to training but is unlikely to be risked after spending seven months out with an Achilles injury. "I am not reluctant [to use him] but he is not match-fit yet," said Wenger. "He has just joined the team this week so we have to be a bit patient with him."


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