Arsenal have gone from the Invincibles to a team fighting to finish in the top-four, and the club’s 8-year running trophy drought has resulted in a civil feud between its owners as Alisher Usmanov has claimed that majority stakeholder Stan Kroenke lacks the ambition to create a title winning team.
The exceptionally rich Usmanov, who recently topped the annual “rich list” compiled by The Sunday Times with a fortune of £13.3 billion, has enough money to make Roman Abramovich’s significant wealth of £9.3 billion look rather slender.
Usmanov has made no secret of the fact that he wants full control at the club but Kroenke has been unwilling to sell his majority share. And as the Gunners limp towards another top-four finish this season, Usmanov attacked the American sports tycoon by claiming that Kroenke would probably be happy finishing 4th in the league.
The Telegraph quotes Usmanov saying, “The team has no superstars now. 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.”