Alisher Usmanov, the major shareholder at Arsenal, has branded the club a ‘feeder’ for main rivals and has called on Arsene Wenger to be more aggressive with his transfer policy.
After many weeks of build up and speculation to the January transfer window, Arsenal talked about their dominant financial position with Wenger suggesting that he wasn’t afraid to ask for big money to sign bigger players.
However, we’re now just a few days away from Deadline Day and Arsenal look as though they are going to let another winter window come and go, without improving upon the squad they already have.
Arsenal fans would have been searching around within the club for some sign of a bit of forcefulness, a bit of boardroom guts and Usmanov has appeared as a spokesman for what many Arsenal fans will be thinking.
“The greatest achievement of Arsène Wenger is to have created two teams: the one that now plays for our rivals and the one that is trying to be among the best - we lose key players like Robin van Persie, Mathieu Flamini or Patrick Vieira. We should have increased their salaries when they started to be courted,” said Usmanov in an interview with L’Equipe.
The problem is that Wenger has been under pressure and hasn’t been allowed to spend big money because Arsenal have been paying off the Emirates Stadium.
However, internally the club can afford to pay as good a wage packet as any other team and that’s the point Usmanov seems to be trying to put across; it’s not the fact key players have left, and will leave, but the fact the club hasn’t fought to keep them.
Arsenal’s business model is as good as any other side in the world. They continue to churn out profit margins for shareholders like Usmanov and they will continue to do so over the next few years as more financial controls are introduced into the English game.
All it seems that Usmanov wants to see, and what most Gunners want to see, is a little bit of ambition, a cheeky bid for a player valued at over £20 million and the ability to stop Manchester United, Manchester City and any other side coming in and poaching their best players.
Have a look at the shares market Mr. Usmanov and snap up as many as you can, with him overhauling Stan Kroenke, things will move along a hell of a lot faster.
Arsenal fans, fire away as we’d love to hear your thoughts.
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