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Arsenal Must Stop Selling Says Usmanov

Arsenal Must Stop Selling Says Usmanov

Major shareholder Alisher Usmanov has declared that Arsenal must stop selling their best players if they are to challenge the Manchester hegemony at the top of the Premier League.

Usmanov, whose red and white holdings company own around 30% of the club, said, ''Nobody can convince fans that the club is doing fine if for the past three or four years the club has been selling its best players.It doesn't matter who our extremely talented coach, Arsene Wenger, buys to plug these holes if we want to win trophies.'

Usmanov however, re-declared his admiration of Arsene Wenger, 'I'm an absolute fan of Arsene Wenger,' Usmanov said. 'I support him and I'm confident in him. We think he's a hero.

'Despite changes in the playing lineup, he keeps the variations of the same beautiful game.'

Red and White publicly posted an open letter to the current Arsenal board in the summer, criticising them for the sale of Robin van Persie to rivals Manchester United. But Usmanov maintains it was not an act of war on his part.

'Arsenal received our letter,' said Usmanov. 'We didn't mean it as a hostile message or a declaration of war.'

'We are tired of being accused of fighting for a place on the board,' he said. 'We have never in our lives asked for this place.'

'I never say we need to spend enormous money for any players but we must have capacity. 'The season is beginning - we must close this discussion and support the club, coach and players

Usmanov also described himself as 'a fan that has participation as a shareholder' adding he has no intention of selling any of his holding because ''if you sell what you love you lose yourself'.

'For now, we stay in Arsenal as shareholders as long as we don't lose our love for this club. Now we wish it support and great victory.'

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday September 28 2012
Time: 2:52PM


Sounds like a poor attempt to repair his own discredited intervention. If he's as confident in Wenger as he claims then he should also be confident in Wenger's decisions to release players if he thinks it's in the broad interests of the club.
28/09/2012 15:00:00
If there is a possibility he could 'lose love for this club', he can't be a true fan, can he? The Russian has only re-enforced the correctness of the decision to keep him away from the board, for now.
28/09/2012 15:01:00
Naija I don't think you've quoted him accurately there. Whatever his motives are, or how hideous he looks etc I can't help but think, yeah, we shouldn't have sold our captain. Imagine if we had Van Persie leading the line here? It's actually mouth watering. Just so happens he's a judas ****. But unfortunately, an amazingly good one, who is already dragging Utd along.
28/09/2012 15:51:00
'For now, we stay in Arsenal as shareholders as long as we don't lose our love for this club. Usmanov's "love" is obviously conditional. The Coventry fans were singing "Robin van Persie, he thinks you're *****". We couldn't keep him, he made sure of that. Don't blame the club for selling the greedy badger, blame the greedy badger for forcing his way out.
28/09/2012 17:56:00
Lip up fatty.
28/09/2012 21:30:00
shewore, there are obviously certain things that are not right at the club, certain things that can improve. Don't confuse that with Usmanov's intentions - I don't believe a word that comes out. Everything seems to be so opportunistic, I don't really believe he has Arsenal's best interests at heart.
29/09/2012 19:00:00
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