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Usmanov: Henry Should Be Involved

Arsenal's second majority shareholder Alisher Usmanov thinks Thierry Henry should return to Arsenal, but not as a player. Usmanov didn't outline exactly which role he thought Henry should take or how he should contribute, whilst he stressed he has no power over decision making at Arsenal.

It's reported that Usmanov had dinner with Henry earlier this week and the Red & White Holdings frontman told L'Equipe, ''The presence of a champion can radically change the soul of a team, that's what Thierry Henry showed last year when he came back to Arsenal. But I think that comebacks only succeed once. That's why I think the decision to come back belongs only to Thierry.'

'I don't have any powers in terms of decisions at the club but there are a few players with whom I am in contact,' Usmanov told L'Equipe. 'My favourite is probably Thierry. He should be involved at the club but not as a player.'

'He has another role to play, a more important role. Take the example of Patrick Vieira at Manchester City. He is also a symbol of Arsenal but he is helping another club. We have to avoid that with Thierry.'

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

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday December 14 2012
Time: 11:07AM


Another piece of cheesy populism. He really does think all supporters are completely dumb doesn't he.
14/12/2012 11:12:00
Is anyone honestly taken in by this sort of populist sentiment? I can’t wait for his next public utterance, “Yeah, I think Henry should form a motivational coaching axis with Patrick Vieira, Timmy Adams and Lionel Brady, he should definitely come back to the club in some capacity too. Me and my friends were only talking about this in the Runners pub on Blackrock Road last week. Woooo, come on you Goonies.”
Little Dutch
14/12/2012 11:15:00
Makes me wanna bang my head against the wall, he can't be this daft. I still hate Kroenke more than him though.
14/12/2012 11:17:00
I'm kinda with SW. Whilst I don't want this fat f*** anywhere near our club, at least he's saying something. Even if it is the biggest pile of ********* he could offer.
14/12/2012 12:05:00
Whilst I am a fan of the old saying "A wise man speaks when he has something to say, a fool speaks when he has to say something", in this case Stan's silence and inability to do, well, anything, speaks volumes.
14/12/2012 12:22:00
We have plenty of people saying things. It doesn't always go down too well when PH-W speaks up and we have IG speaking as CEO and AW as manager. I guess SK will speak when he has something to say not when he has to say something. Sounds about right to me.
14/12/2012 12:42:00
This fu**ing guy... I think Wilde said 'it is better to say nothing and be thought an idiot than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt'.
14/12/2012 12:47:00
Not at all, he's the owner, he should have a dialogue with the people that've been at the football club way before him - the fans. Hill Wood as absolutely no influence at all, all he does is act like the fans are a total inconvenience. The Dortmund manager had it right when he said it's sad what's happened to English football, it really is upsetting what has happened to our game - it's not a game anymore, it's just business.
14/12/2012 12:49:00
Damiano, the richest idiot the Soviet's ever produced? He clearly isn't.
14/12/2012 12:50:00
There's no need for Kroenke to have a dialogue with anyone other than those he has recruited to have a dialoge with 'the people'. Most wouldn't want to hear his take on the role of business anyway. It's far better he stays in the background and lets those he pays to do the job do it. As for Dortmund it was their CEO who took a potshot at English football's oligarchs but there's far more that Arsenal share with the German model than English football in general does.
14/12/2012 13:07:00
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