Arsenal Transfer Talk: Usmanov Increases His Stake and More Transfer Talk

Toni Okike@@enigma106Senior Analyst IIJune 21, 2011

LONDON - NOVEMBER 07:  Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov stands in front of JMW Turner's painting ' The Harbour of Brest ' in the Tate Britain art gallery  on November 7, 2008 in London, England. The Pushkin Museum in Moscow is hosting a major exhibition of works by JMW Turner on loan from Tate Britain thanks to it's sole sponsor, Alisher Usmanov. Mr Usmanov who is a major shareholder in the Russian industrial conglomerate, Metalloinvest, as well as Arsenal Football Club, is reported to have a personal fortune of approximately 2.7bn GBP.    (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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The month is quickly coming to an end, yet Arsenal’s only signing so far is a young bloke that’s going to single-handedly win the league in 2020.

Thankfully, encouraging reports are emerging, suggesting that Wenger’s transfer kitty will be increased because the club has acquired a new property deal that is going to earn it big bucks. Arsenal is all about their profits, so we’ll have to cross our fingers and see what the M.A. in Economics degree-holder is going to do.

Gervinho’s signing will probably be unveiled in the coming days, but all attention is currently turned toward Ewood Park because the Premier League’s most handsome captain (after Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye) has told the Indian suit-wearing chums at the helm of the business affairs for the club that he wants to leave.

This has prompted the club to tell everybody (Arsenal included) that Samba is now available for £12m.

Christopher Samba will be a great signing for Arsenal because he’s more or less the missing ingredient in Wenger’s defensive potion. With Cahill’s name mentioned by the media vultures, Wenger’s proposed massive transfer war chest will be more than enough to buy both players without breaking a sweat.

With Clichy targeted by AS Roma, Wenger may be forced to set his sights on Leighton Baines or Jose Enrique.

If he wants to take the miser’s approach, he could deploy Thomas Vermaelen as a left back, but I prefer the Verm to work his magic in the heart of Arsenal’s defense. There are still two more months before the transfer window shuts down, so we have every reason to be very optimistic about the cards Wenger intends to play this period.

The media vultures have also linked Arsenal with QPR’s Adel Taarabt, but I don’t think that the youngest Moroccan international retiree in history will be needed on the flanks that boast of heavyweights like Samir Nasri, Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott.

Gervinho’s imminent arrival also means that a player like Taarabt may be surplus to requirements.

Switching over to player departures, it seems as if Arsenal’s captain is going to remain at the club. Barcelona’s No. 1 man has declared that he wouldn’t break bank for El Capitan. As reported by TotalBarca.com, he has said:

"I don’t know if Cesc will sign or not. We’ll offer less than €40 million and if Arsenal don’t agree, then Cesc will not come. We have €45 million for signings, plus money from sales. There is no more money."

This is a club that wants to get money from aliens living on planet Mars just to buy Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean had a great season at the Frulli for the Zebrette, but if I’m blindfolded and I’m asked to choose between Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez, I will.

Fabregas has more assists in the top five leagues in the last five seasons than any other player. Dani Alves, Messi and the demigod Xavi fall into the "other player" class. Paul Scholes had 33 assists in 17 years of service for Manchester United; Fabregas has provided over 80 assists in his seven-year stint with the club.

Now that Barcelona is getting out of the question, Arsene Wenger and the rest of the lot have to show Fabregas their intent by securing at least one trophy in the 2011/12 campaign.

After all of his shenanigans this summer, Nasri is also a player that has to play over the top for us next season. The gooners know that they can rely on Robin van Persie to hit the net 20 times or more, but the Flying Dutchman has to do well enough to stay fit.

I became an Arsenal fan eons ago and I’ve known a lot of names that have been associated with the people running the club behind the scenes. Peter Hill-Wood has been the chairman for as long as I can remember.

Names like David Dein, Ken Friar and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith are now history, but they can never be forgotten. Danny Frizman is also another icon that passed away a few months ago.

The struggle for the full-time ownership of Arsenal Football Club has been between Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov.

Mr. Kroenke bought two-thirds of the club’s shares and a takeover bid seemed to be on the cards, but the tables have been turned a bit because Alisher Usmanov has increased his stake at the club to 29 percent . This means that Kroenke and the Uzbek are involved in a two-horse race to rule Arsenal.

Arsenal is the only club that dropped to fourth place in a two-horse race, but I don’t think that the same principle may be applied to both billionaires.

Usmanov has been in the spotlight recently for criticizing the board for their part in Arsenal’s trophy drought, but I feel that he still has the club’s best interests at heart, like Mr. Kroenke, Arsene Wenger and Toni Okike. 

The tweet of the day goes to WengerBoy1:

@WengerBoy1: Villas-Boas’ league record at Chelsea 2011/12: W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-D-Fired

This came in the wake of the news that Porto’s treble-winning manager has resigned from his position with the club.

Chelsea’s U.S.S.R. dictator is a chairman that changes managers when he’s bored, so Villas-Boas should remember that if he wins the treble but then goes trophy-less the next season, he’s going to be fired.

That’s his problem though.

Arsene Wenger represents continuity, trust and commitment.

It’s not easy devoting 15 years of your illustrious life working for a great football club.

Arsene Wenger deserves a trophy for all the hard work he has put into the Arsenal Football Club.

I really hope that he gets it right next season.

In Arsene We Trust.

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