I have said many times that supporters should stick together in this difficult period that we are going through at the moment and that still stands. However, after reading that Stan Kroenke has a estimated wealth of £1.85bn and Alisher Usmanov has an estimated wealth of £8bn and that these two billionaires who effectively own our club are in the top ten Football owners in this country it got me thinking— why are they not working together for good of our club.
Now it seems to me that Kroenke and current Arsenal board have a problem with Usmanov and obviously I don’t know the ins and outs of what the actual problem is. Maybe it is Usmanov’s association with David Dein that is the issue, but to be quite honest with you, I don’t really care. I think it is about time that the Arsenal board embraces Usmanov into the fold and starts to utilize his ideas for the club but more importantly use his money to maybe increase the wage budget and to help Arsene to build a squad capable of challenging for everything.
I know it is not all about money but it would help for us and Arsene to know that we are on least on an even playing field when it comes to transfers and wages.
All of us supporters want the best for Arsenal and I think maybe having Usmanov on the Arsenal board would take the club on a different direction instead of just treading water, which we seem to be doing at the moment. And maybe we could also get David Dein back involved because we have missed him and I also think it would be good for Arsene to have him back at the club.
I know that Arsene doesn’t like to spend big money on players, but I think it is time he is at least given the option to spend big if he wants to without restrictions. He has done brilliantly with the limited funds he has had to spend and I think with more funds he would be able to attract so much more quality to our club and I think he has earned the right. So I say to Kroenke and the Arsenal board— sort out your differences with Usmanov and let’s get our club back where it should be challenging the top prizes, not only in this country but in Europe as well.
by Paul Dean