Arsenal Football Club is based in Islington, London and plays in the Premier League.
However, its recent performance has been questionable given that the team has dropped to 10th place in the Premier League and last took the cup in 2004.
For five years now, Arsenal FC has not participated in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) as it keeps failing to appear in the top 4 teams which qualify directly to the group stages of the UCL.
President Kagame said that he has often criticized the performance of the team especially when Unai Emery was the head coach of Arsenal and said that something needs to be changed.
“Arsenal used to be in the top three teams to qualify in the Premier League but its performance downgraded with time to a point it is ranked 10th now. Something needs to change.”
Even after Unai Emery was sacked in 2019, Arsenal has not improved its performance and remains at the 10th place. Mikel Arteta Amatriain is currently Arsenal head coach and was formerly an attacking and defensive midfielder.
President Kagame said he has hope that the team will improve since the new coach knows the field and is more qualified than his predecessors.
He suggested that the new head coach should be given the means to buy new players since those currently playing in the team were transferred under Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery.
“I still am a big fan of Arsenal and I am hoping they will win more championships in the future. As a fan, I have no say to how the players should perform but I can only watch with the hope they will win. I will keep supporting them regardless.”
On the partnership with Arsenal FC through the ‘Visit Rwanda’ initiative, President Kagame was asked if the partnership was necessary. He said that he undoubtedly believes it will contribute to the tourism sector.
“The partnership has so far borne fruits. The number of visitors in Rwanda has remarkably improved and the Government of Rwanda earned at least five times the amount invested.”
Rwanda also expects profits from the recent partnership agreement that was signed between Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Paris st. Germain with the aim of enhancing tourism.