Archive for April, 2012
Russia’s richest man Alisher Usmanov has admitted he is keen to up his stake in Arsenal by acquiring further shares in the club.
Usmanov, who controls 30 percent of the north London side with his business partner Farhad Moshiri, will seek to boost the stake, according to an interview broadcast on state television.
The 58-year-old oligarch is rated as the 35th richest person in the world and has previously been critical of Stan Kroenke’s current regime for what he sees as a lack of investment in the playing squad.
“When we invest in domestic sports – we do not expect an immediate return. We are prepared to wait for trophies and big successes”, Usmanov said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 channel.
“But the “Arsenal” – this is a real business. It generates about two hundred million dollars in revenue.
“This is a club that is worth more than a billion dollars today. When we bought it, it was worth about half. I am very pleased with our investment. And in any case, I will increase it [his stake in the club].”
In comparison to the majority of midfielders in competitive world football, Aaron Ramsey does most things better nearly all of them. He passes, tackles, shoots, competes. At Arsenal, at the moment, he is not doing them as well as he can – and not as well as Song, Arteta, Rosicky or Benayoun. Crippled by under confidence, made worse by the Arsenal crowds tendency to locate a scapegoat, he looks like a player struggling to make decisions wanting to revert to a safer style. His passes became shorter as he was appointed “duty pariah” for the night against Wigan, and consequently, his time on the ball became longer as he was distracted and trying to not make an error. Bereft of ideas he still did not hide and still asked for the ball which showed character.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out for the rest of the season after limping off injured in Saturday’s Premier League stalemate with Chelsea.
Walcott, 23, is now in a race to get fit for England’s Euro 2012 pre-tournament training camp on May 20, with Arsene Wenger saying he ‘should be ok’ by those dates.
England have already lost another Arsenal midfielder in Jack Wilshere ahead of the Euros, although the youngster hasn’t played this season due to a troublesome ankle injury.
Added to that, Mikel Arteta won’t be available for the rest of the Gunners’ league campaign after damaging his ankle ligaments in the 2-1 defeat against Wigan.