Arsenal shareholder takes fresh swipe at Stan Kroenke
Arsenal news: Alisher Usmanov claims that the owner lacks ambition and needs more superstars
Alisher Usmanov has once again taken a swipe at Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and this time round he has blasted the American for showing no ambition at the club and refusing to make a change despite it being for the best.
The Russian stakeholder at Arsenal was revealed the other day as the richest man in England, with a fortune estimated around £13.3billion, and he is desperate to increase his stakes in the club, which currently stands at an estimated 30%.
Despite owning 30% of the stake at Arsenal, his chance of being involved at the club is denied by Kroenke and the current board members. The American business-tycoon is refusing to sell his majority stake and refusing to listen to Usmanov.
The refusal to allow the Russian to have a place on the board of the club has annoyed the billionaire and he has taken yet another swipe at the American claiming he is showing no ambition for the club.
The 59-year-old criticised the lack of “superstars” currently at the club and then said the fact that there are no top-class players at the Emirates, shows that Kroenke has no ambition for the club.
The Russian then went on to say how he feels Kroenke would be happy with a fourth-placed finish every year and insists that he will never build a winning-team at the Emirates.
He said in an interview: "In our understanding, Kroenke has no plans to sell his stake, but we also won’t sell out, as we are the team’s fans."
This is not the first time the Russian billionaire has spoken out against those that run the club. He has previously stated that he believes the shareholders are paid too much considering the club’s lack of success.
He also said that his potential takeover is backed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Speaking in January this year, Usmanov said: "I like many footballers, and I'm in contact with some of them. Perhaps my favourite of the last 10, 15 years is Thierry Henry.
"The greatest achievement of Arsene 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 in the Premier League.
"That's why I say it's not enough to merely flatter the coach but to give him the possibility to buy the best players, superstars. But not just stars but those chosen by Wenger.
"It's unthinkable that the shareholders get well-paid while, for small clauses in contracts, we lose key players, symbols like Robin van Persie, Mathieu Flamini or Patrick Vieira. We should have increased their salaries when they started to be courted, started to look elsewhere. I don't know why we didn't propose that to them."
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