Alisher Usmanov said today that he does not want to be on the Arsenal board as long as there is no invitation open to him.
Speaking to Reuters, Usmanov admitted he’s always looking to increase his shareholding in the club, but will not become a board member.
“I don’t want to be on the board when I’m not invited,” he said. Which is kind of redundant anyway because regardless of how many shares he buys he won’t become a board member as long as Stan Kroenke holds the majority he currently does.
It’s well known that there is no love lost between KSE and Red and White Holdings and any such invitation is about as likely as Per Mertesacker winning a sprint against Theo Walcott.
“As much as possible, every time, I’m open to increase my shares,” he continued, while reports yesterday suggested that R&W had not paid more than £14,000 per share despite a significant number of recent purchases made well above that price.
It was also revealed yesterday that new Premier League rules would prevent Usmanov, or any other ‘hostile’ shareholder at any club, gaining access to sensitive information once they reached the 30% threshold which normally gives access to accounts etc.
Of course Usmanov is simply saying he doesn’t want to be a member of a board where he’s not wanted, and in the best interests of the club that’s probably a good thing, but obviously hasn’t ruled out being on a board which he controls. His comments about increasing his shareholding are quite pointed in that regard.
All the while, the Cold War continues at boardroom level.