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Apr

Usmanov wants bigger stake in Arsenal


Written by Chris Wheatley

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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].”


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wayne medina
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We have got to give Usmanov a bigger stake! “Medina” Newsmaker: Usmanov Took Long Road to Become Rich. 26 April 2012 By Howard Amos There are few former Central Asian jailbirds who can also claim to be popular hate figures among football fans in north London — but they include Alisher Usmanov, who became Russia’s richest man and married a gymnastics champion along the way. Usmanov’s fortune, which he amassed through a myriad of investments from iron ore producers to stakes in Facebook, is currently estimated at more than $18 billion, after it bounced back from $1.6 billion during the… Read more »
nasri
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i think he should bought the biggest share to invest the club viva la arsenal viva la cesc fabregas

gunneri
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Important facts:

1. He has the money, so much more than stingy yankee kroenke.
2. He’s willing to spend on top players.
3. He’s a fan of Arsenal.
4. Wenger is ok if he’s on the board. Can also means that they can work together.
5. He wants results – trophies, titles – for the club as well, not just monetary returns.

david boyle
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bring in the ruskei fuck off the yank if we want to win things. Enough said!

Korkow
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This guy want to see Arsenal succeed in the pitch, I hope he should also be included in board.

Lee.
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Not that I think he’s pulled up any trees for us since he took over, but I’d give Stan one more year before we need to ask for his head. Also think it would not be the worst thing in the world to have Usmanov on the board. Because now he’s in the money bracket that we will only be a little play thing for him & not a cash cow, however I’m NOT convinced Stan has the same outlook on “The Ars” as he has already said in the past. He sees nothing wrong in taking money from his… Read more »
Roy Davis
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If he was in charge we would still have Fabregas, Nasri, Clichy Kolo toure and loads more Lukaku Mata Eden hazard I could go on and on.

Uncle Bould
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Whit Uzmanov we will se Dein i the boardroom again

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