Usmanov: Arsene Wenger's Arsenal dream becoming a mirage
Arsene Wenger must start learning from his mistakes if Arsenal are to compete at the highest level of European football, Alisher Usmanov, the London club's second-largest shareholder, has said.
The Russian billionaire, who owns 30 percent of the Gunners, is frustrated by Arsenal's worst start to a Premier League season which has brought four wins from their first 12 matches and little more than half the points that leaders Chelsea have.
"Arsenal is a dream that sometimes becomes a mirage and sometimes a pain," Usmanov was quoted as saying in British media on Tuesday ahead of the club's midweek Champions League clash at home to Borussia Dortmund.
"The potential of the team is there, but there is no critical evaluation of mistakes.
"No genius can retain the same level of genius if they do not acknowledge mistakes. We just repeat the same mistakes year by year."
Arsene Wenger, pictured, shows his frustration as Arsenal threw away a three-goal lead against Anderlecht in the Champions LeaguePA Sport
Arsenal ended a near decade long wait for silverware last season with an FA Cup triumph but the optimism that was instilled has faded quickly after a poor start to the season.
They should qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League but defeat by Dortmund on Wednesday could leave them vulnerable.
Arsenal's lack of defensive stability has been held up as the team's main failing of the season so far but Usmanov believes all departments need strengthening.
"I like Arsene for his principles," he added. "But principles are sort of a restriction. And restrictions are always lost possibilities."