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Hello Gooners.

Hands up who wants Arsenal FC used to help make an obscenely rich man even richer?

No hands? Hmm, i guess that's a no then.

I know I personally don't.

The figures are in, and Arsenal FC's recent financial statement shows that we do not need outside investment, our manager has ample funds at his disposal already, should he feel the need to splash the cash in a 'super super' fashion.

Speaking for myself here, my own point of view is that Alisher Usmanov seems a very astute maker of money and spotter of a business opportunity to be able to go and spot somewhere else.

And, looking beyond reasons monetary, you may have reasons other as to why you would not wish to see Alisher Usmanov increase his stake further in Arsenal. Perhaps your concerns lie with the fact that recent events in the premier league show that having a rich sugar daddy can yield potentially disastrous results, undermining your club and rocking it to its' very foundations. Or maybe your troubles stem from another reason...

If it is the former, then there is no better example of how things can go sour than to turn your gaze towards SW6, where Maureen has fallen victim to internal politics at the club, with rumours abound that the new incumbent at the bridge is a puppet for the rich owner, instructed by him as to who to pick; several senior players distraught at the sacking of their manager. Fans of the club seem gravely concerned at the goings on, and where it will lead their club.

Heaven forbid this should happen at Arsenal FC, where Arsene Wenger has the completer trust of the board, is left to his own devices to sign and select who he wishes, indeed such is his input into the club that he has overseen the development of a spanking, state-of-the-art training facility, and had much involvement in the Ashburton Grove stadium project. Indeed, the club operates in harmony. And would you want that to change in any way, shape or form?

We are very lucky that our club has such great stability, and is self-sufficient, operating within its' means and showing it can go toe-to-toe at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, and looking very able in Europe too. So why allow the equilibrium to be upset?

If you would like to make your voice heard, there are several avenues you can try to speak out.

There are a couple of online petitions, the first being an official one:

The MP for West Brom, Tom Watson, has expressed an interest in the goings on regarding Arsenal and Usmanov, and you may wish to leave him a comment on his blog:

The Football Supporters Federation can be found here (where you can contact them via the website, or click the link on the page to send them an email, expressing your concerns:

Or there is the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association:


and the Arsenal Supporters Trust:

email: - or use their contact form:

The Premier League can be contacted at:

If you should wish to contact The British Press to air your grievances about the whole situation, contact details for some of the papers are as follows:

Guardian, the Observer

City desk and financial staff -

Political staff -

Sports desk -

Business -

Sport -

Football -

Politics -


The Times or The Sunday Times

Letters to the Editor* -

Letters* -

* for publication only; please include postal address and contact telephone numbers

Sport -

Business -

Sunday Times Sport -

Sunday Times Business -


The Independent

The general switchboard number is (+44) (0)20 7005 2000

Letters for publication in the print edition. Note: If you wish to submit a letter for publication in the newspaper, it must include the sender's name, postal address and daytime telephone number -

Sport -

Business & City -


The Daily Telegraph or The Sunday Telegraph,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7931 2000

Letters for publication in The Daily Telegraph can be sent to:

Letters for publication in The Sunday Telegraph can be sent to:


The Sun

20 7782 4000


Daily Mirror

020 7293 3000


Daily Express,

Parliament: Political Editor: Macer Hall


Sport: Sports Editor: Bill Bradshaw


City: City Editor: Stephen Kahn



Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.


Links to other British newspapers can be found at:

BBC Radio FiveLive 606:

Contact details are:

Live line 0500 909 693

Rant line 08700 100 500

SMS 85058


And of course, if you want get involved in the debate on the Vital Arsenal Forums, you can find a thread here:

If you have any other useful contact information you wish to share with fellow Gooners regarding, please have your say below, in the comments box.

Many thanks to all the guys n' gals on the forum for all the links above and continued debate on the forums - you're too numerous to mention individually (I'd be here all night trawling through the list of names), but your contribution has been 'Vital', without which I could not have brought these useful contact points to more Gooners.

If you wish Arsenal to remain 'Arsenal' as you know it, now is the time to speak out and stand behind the club, and the board. Thank you.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Date:Friday September 28 2007
Time: 1:24AM


It today's press reports Usmanov is close to reaching 22% and is vowing 'revenge' on the Arsenal board. So Usmanov is to take 'revenge' on a board that by general consensus has done a pretty good job for Arsenal Football. Presumably, if he gets the cahnce, he will get rid of all of them and replace them with his own henchmen. This a man without any experience of running a football club aided and abetted by a Dein, who would have taken a very different path to that chosen by the current board. Does he really expect the majority of gooners to back him in such an endeavour? Though there are broader issues about football ownership at stake this is a partisan issue. Some rival supporters would welcome any disruption a new owner might bring to the current remarkable progress the club is making. If it matters to you what sort of club Arsenal will become, not just for this season but for the next 20 years or more, then get involved. Make sure you are heard.
28/09/2007 09:23:00
Great info there Wingers, I fully advise all Arsenal fans to stand up against this man. He is not good for our club.
28/09/2007 10:55:00
Ditto. Nothing much more to say. If he takes over it would be the worst thing that ever happened to our club.
28/09/2007 13:23:00
What is with the douchebags that sign these petitions with aliases and anonymous screen names!!!! It's a petition for God's sake....they can't submit illegitimate names in the count.
28/09/2007 14:46:00
Nice work Sir! Please, everyone who cares about our great club, take the time to make your feelings known...
28/09/2007 19:27:00
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