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Usmanov Is Not Taking The Hint

Usmanov Is Not Taking The Hint

If you told any normal person that you didn't like them then they'd be upset, and then if you got your entire group of friends to tell that person to p*ss off, that they'd do a runner and not come back.

Well it appears that Alisher Usmanov is not any normal person, and even after one of the largest Internet protests ever staged regarding the dealings of a football club, he still carries on regardless.

News hits us this morning that Red & White Holdings has upped it's stake to 23%.

Some media sources are suggesting that Usmanov is a little angry with the board, and in particular Peter Hill-Wood for describing his business dealings as 'murky'.

Indeed, a close source said in the Mirror 'Alisher is very angry at the rubbish and slurs that are being written and wants to explain the truth to Arsenal fans and the people in England.

'He feels he has been treated with disdain by the board at Arsenal and denigrated by comments, especially given that he now has a significant shareholding.'

If Usmanov believes he is due some sort of respect simply because he has a disgustingly large wad of cash enabling him to hoover up all available shares, then he is very much mistaken.

Even though we have gripes about our current board over issues such as over-stewarding at matches, ticket prices etc etc, they have earned their respect (even more so over the past couple of weeks) through years of hard work, dedication and love for this club.

Usmanov will NEVER have any respect from 99% of Arsenal matter what he does.


Note to ANY football fans reading this page; Please sign the petition linked. This not only aims to address the issues of ownership of Arsenal Football Club, but football clubs across the nation. It is in everyone's best interest that we stop the influx of people buying club with the sole interest of profit.

Thank you.

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Date:Friday September 28 2007
Time: 10:18AM


no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!which son of a bitch sold him!
28/09/2007 10:33:00
You know what, I am not being funny here, but what is the board doing to ensure that all the remaining shares out there are somehow out of this idiots reach? As much as I admire what the board has done for this club I have to question them in this respect. Usmanov is finding sellers and he is 2% away from having a holding vote at board room level. Surely the board has the money to ensure that he does not get one more share? I mean whats going on here! I am actually fuming here. I dont want this fat russian ******** dictating things and worming his lack Dein back onto the board.
28/09/2007 10:40:00
Trennon - The pack the board formed not only prevented them from selling their shares, but from buying them also. A blocking stake isn't as bad as it sounds. Indeed Edleman pointed out the other day, there has only been 2 instances in the past 10 years where a blocking stake could have put a stop to proceedings, one of them being the development of Ashburton Grove.
28/09/2007 10:43:00
Usmanov isn't out to win any hearts and minds. His motivation is much more basic than that. Dein, the organ grinders monkey, if he has any conscience left, may well be regretting the damage he has done to his standing amongst gooners but is probably still in denial believing himself to be the 'Messiah' that supporters desperately crave. Usmanov is not for life - he will only be around for as long as the money is there. It should be incumbent on every true gooner with a long term interest in the club to make both Usmanov and Dein as uncomfortable as they can be for as long as they chose to continue p*ssing on our stability and ambitions.
28/09/2007 10:43:00
Pack = Pact
28/09/2007 10:44:00
The problem is that this is not a popularity contest! The Glazers were absolutely hated by many fans prior to the takeover, a pretty strong campaign against them was conducted, but we all know the end result. If there are sellers, he will buy. He knows we'll always support the team, at least he majorityof us.
28/09/2007 11:00:00
The board don't need to buy anymore shares, they already have control & Usmanov cannot do anything about it. One paper suggested he will demand a place on the board once he reaches 25% but thats also incorrect. To get someone on the board he needs over 50% of the club. Red & White made it clear they would buy upto 29.9% of the club & then stop there because they cannot go any further without making a formal offer which would just be refused.
Ashburton Gooner
28/09/2007 11:10:00
It doesn't have to be a popularity contest AG, just that the person coming in has to have the club best interests at heart.....which Usmanov clearly doesn't.
28/09/2007 11:13:00
BTW that AG id afri-gooner and not the other
28/09/2007 11:15:00
I agree with you, just wanted to point out that guys like him don't care too much about what we think of them. I tried to take part in the petition, but I'm not british. I hope Kroenke will move closer to the board so that Usmanov's ambitions get comprehensively blocked. Maybe Uzi can buy Tottenham, an "attractive proposition", according to one dutchman!
28/09/2007 11:23:00
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