I defy even the staunchest of Arsenal fans to know exactly what is going on in the Arsenal boardroom.
Confusion in the boardroom is not healthy and definitely one of the factors in Arsenal's recent decline in form.
There seems to be a division at the top regarding money and how Arsenal should spend it. It has come to light that the club have now paid for the Emirates stadium, but still there has been no major spending on star players.
There are three main players in the boardroom saga.
Stan Kroenke—worth $3 billion and the majority shareholder.
Ivan Gazidis—chief executive of Arsenal.
Alisher Usmanov—28th-richest man in the world, worth $18 billion, and 29-percent shareholder of Arsenal but barred from board meetings.
The exact situation regarding Arsenal's lack of spending is unclear. What is certain is that Usmanov and Gazidis are unhappy about Kroenke's lack of financial backing and apparent desire to turn a successful profit rather than make a successful team.
Usmanov made his thoughts clear on the current problems in the boardroom when he spoke earlier this week with L'Equipe (via Guardian):
"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 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.
"For me, he's one of the best coaches in the world, but it's not easy for him. I think he deserves that players are brought in at Arsenal when they're needed. The best players, and not being satisfied with selling our best players to our rivals.
"If that happens, we can ask everything of him. But, today, he's sacrificed. Because of the policy and we're all to blame. Everything's in Mr. Kroenke's hands and I hope he succeeds, even if he doesn't go along with my ideas.
"It's unthinkable that the shareholders get well paid while, for small clauses in contracts, we lose key players like Robin van Persie and Mathieu Flamini. 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."
Usmanov certainly seems to have a lot of ambition for Arsenal and also isn't willing to sit on the fence regarding the club's management.
With a man like Usmanov in control of Arsenal, brighter times could be ahead for the club. However, gaining control from Kroenke, who promised so much, could be easier said than done.