Arsenal’s second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has taken aim at our board members, stating that our Emirates Stadium project was slightly flawed and negatively impacted on Arsene Wenger, The Evening Standard reports.
Whenever the AGM has come around at the club, Usmanov has been the very large elephant in the room due to his friction with our board.
Very rarely – in any organisation – are there examples of a party that owns over 30% of a company (via The Evening Standard), but doesn’t have a say in its day-to-day running – which is exactly the case at our club with regards to Usmanov.
Usmanov’s outbursts have therefore become more frequent, and the oligarch may see the media as the only tool he has to voice his opinions on the club.
“Arsene has a very, very difficult position when club shareholders don’t want to put his money to construct the new stadium,” Usmanov said about the board’s role in the Emirates Stadium.
“And because of this, he lost his five years, maybe best of his career without a trophy. In reality, 10 years.”
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Despite rarely seeing eye-to-eye with the board, Usmanov is adamant that Wenger is the right man to lead us forward and stated that he’d hand the manager a job for life if he was in control.
“If I have the right, I will keep Arsene until he wants because until he can’t perform his activity like a manager, it is a gift for any club to have a coach like him,” the multi-billionaire added.
With our financial power escalating in recent years, the previous calls for Usmanov to take control over the club haven’t been as consistent.
We are currently being linked with some of the world’s best players, and it seems as though we’re finally benefiting from the stadium move in 2006.