Usmanov eager to defuse Dein hostility

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Alisher Usmanov, the Russian billionaire who owns 23% of Arsenal, has said he does not want to be "a hostage to any hostilities" which remain between the current board and former vice-chairman David Dein.

Dein, who left the club after a disagreement about overseas investment, sold his 14.6% stake in the Gunners to Usmanov and was later named as the non-executive chairman of the Uzbek-born businessman´s company Red and White Holdings.

But tension still remains between Dein and the Arsenal board and it is something Usmanov does not want to hinder relations as he continues to expand his interest in the club, telling The Sun: "We do not want to be a hostage to any hostilities between David Dein and the board. We are thinking now about how not to end up between the rock and the hard place."

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