Arsenal FC: Civil War as Alisher Usmanov Shares Discontent with Stan Kroenke
Alisher Usmanov has today sent a five-page letter to the Arsenal board detailing his anger at the current way Arsenal FC is being run.
After the heartbreaking announcement from Arsenal's current talisman, Robin Van Persie, that he will not be renewing his contract with the club, Usmanov has decided to speak up again on his disappointment of current affairs within the club.
According to BBC Sport, Usmanov wrote:
"Yet again we are faced with losing our true marquee player because we cannot give confidence we can win trophies.
"In our view it is clear you are trying to distract attention from the more fundamental issues facing the club. These are the financial model, the lack of investment and club's future strategic direction."
Usmanov is blatantly accusing the current board members, which includes the ever-present Peter Hill-Wood of muddying the waters and conning the fans.
What is strange is that he doesn't even seem to point the finger at Stan Kroenke, the current owner of the club: "Mr Kroenke was sold a vision by the board at a time when the club could be successful without further investment."
Usmanov also lays bare the theory amongst most Arsenal fans that Wenger is forced to work with one hand tied behind his back and is made a scapegoat.
"As a consequence of this policy, which is dressed up as prudent financial planning, it is down to our manager and not the shareholders, to have to deal with the club's tight finances, carry the burden of repaying the stadium debt by selling his best players and having to continue to find cheaper replacements.
Kroenke or Usmanov?
"This policy is leading to the loss of our best players, often to main competitors, and even causes the players themselves to question their future at the club and the club's ambitions. The situation with Robin van Persie sums this up."
Over the last few seasons, Usmanov has become the fans favourite to relieve Kroenke from his position of owner. He is regarded an Arsenal fan and is even richer than Roman Abramovich of Chelsea.
Arsenal fans do not want money thrown at the situation but they want a public show of ambition which will trickle down to the players in the squad. What is to say after Van Persie, the other established names in the squad won't leave.
Usmanov hits all the right notes in the letter and it does feel somewhat of a public declaration in order to win supporters.
"You can try and put a good face on a bad game for as long as you want, but it will not hide the obvious fact that it just does not allow our great manager to fully realise his managerial talent and deliver success for fans who are paying the highest prices in the land. "
Usmanov currently holds 29 percent of the shares in the club to Kroenke's 63 percent.
Propaganda or not, the words ring true to the majorities' ears.
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